BALLINGER - The former Olfen ISD educator who was on trial for two counts of indecency with a child, was found not guilty by a six-man, six-woman jury on Wednesday in the 119th District Court in Ballinger.

BALLINGER - The former Olfen ISD educator who was on trial for two counts of indecency with a child, was found not guilty by a six-man, six-woman jury on Wednesday in the 119th District Court in Ballinger.

Gose Ramon Cavazos, 51, had been charged with two counts of indecency with a child for an incident that was reported by a 13-year-old female student in November of 2016.

The jury deliberated for three-and-a-half hours before delivering the not guilty verdict.

“It was an honor to represent Ramon and Cathy Cavazos in their recent defense of the criminal charges filed against Mr. Cavazos,” said defense attorney Gene Clack after the verdict was delivered Wednesday night at about 6:31 p.m. “Whey the jury found him not guilty this evening of all charges leveled against him, we were thrilled and felt that finally this exoneration proves that the court and justice system still really works. We all pray for peace, forgiveness and God’s richest blessings toward all those individuals, families and children who have been adversely affected by this matter.”

Evidence of the alleged offense was in the form of an audio recording taken by the victim on Nov. 11, 2016.

In closing arguments 119th District Attorney John Best played the recording again for the jury and insisted that the only thing for the jury to do was to find Cavazos guilty of the offense.

“You cannot mistake that,” Best told the jury after they listened to the recording in which the victim can be heard saying “stop” and the alleged voice of Cavazos can be heard saying “I’m sorry.”

During his closing argument, Clack questioned the victim’s account of the incidents and he questioned why, after she told her grandmother and father, they did not go immediately to the authorities and report the incidents. Clack also questioned why there was no evidence of a medical examination or any other evidence besides the recording.

“I’ve never seen a case with so little evidence with such a serious charge,” Clack said.

In the end, it would be the “why’s” presented by Clack that appeared to sway the jury’s verdict.

“Why did Grandma not report this?” he asked.

“Why did Grandma allow her (the victim) to go to private tutoring after she reported it,” Clack said. “And why didn’t Grandma take her to the doctor?”

In his final statement, Best said that the family delayed reporting the incident “because they were trying to protect” the victim. The incident and recording were reported to Runnels County Steven Gray on Nov. 12, and Cavazos was ultimately arrested on Nov. 15, 2016 and posted a $150,000 bond.

Best told the jury that Cavazos was a beloved teacher and a friend of the Olfen ISD Superintendent Gabriel Zamora. He reminded the jury of the evidence that the victim’s grandmother and father sent an anonymous letter to the superintendent. In court, he said the letter indicated that Cavazos was giving cookies to and accepting backrubs from students.

“The superintendent told him to stop,” Best told the jury.

The victim took the stand Tuesday on day one of the trial and during her testimony the now 14-year-old girl said that Cavazos assaulted her multiple times between Sept. 3 and Nov. 11, 2016 in his classroom at the Olfen ISD campus located eight miles south of Ballinger.

Prior to the victim’s testimony, Judge Ben Woodward instructed the court that the jury would not be allowed to consider any alleged incidents other than the two referenced on Nov. 11, as indicated on the indictment. He later rescinded that order and allowed the jury to consider other alleged incidents.

Best asked the girl, who was 13 and in the 7th grade at the time of the alleged incidents, to describe what happened. She said Cavazos was tutoring her in math.

She said that Cavazos inappropriately touched her by “putting his hands down the front,” of her pants.

“He said not to tell,” she testified.

The victim recorded the incident on Nov. 11 via cell phone. Best played the audio for the jury. During a 30-second segment of the last six minutes of the 35 minute recording, the victim could be heard saying “stop” and a male voice can be heard saying “I’m sorry,” at the end of the recording.

Clack said that tutoring was ongoing throughout the recording both before and after the 30-second exchange in question between the girl and the educator.

Throughout the testimony, Cavazos was visibly upset, looking down and wiping his eyes frequently.

During cross examination,  Clack pointed to discrepancies in the victim’s account of the incidents by pointing out her testimony differed from what she originally told investigators.

After the state rested, the defense called Cavazos to the stand, where he and his attorney did a reenactment of the alleged incident, where they explained what the jury was hearing on the recording.

The trial resumed Wednesday and following closing arguments, jurors began deliberating at 3 p.m. and came back at 6:31 p.m.

Cavazos was facing 2-20 years in prison if convicted of each of the second degree felony offenses. Since the acquittal included all alleged incidents, Cavazos cannot be re-indicted.

After the trial, Cavazos thanked the jury for their service.

"I want to thank the jury - because of them, justice was served," Cavazos said. "Because of them, the system worked."