District Attorney Announces - Paul Lavalle Press Release

By: Press Release - Galveston County District Attorney
| Published 02/01/2020

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On January 15, 2020, Paul Houston Lavalle was found guilty of two counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Sentencing will be held on January 24, 2020. On October 13, 2018, Detective Soza with the Kemah Police Department was dispatched out to Lavalle’s house for a welfare concern. A teenager’s concerned mother reported that her daughter was at Lavalle’s house and she believed her daughter was consuming alcohol. Three teenage girls in addition to Lavalle’s child were present at the home. The three underage girls testified that they each consumed one alcoholic drink that was provided to them by Paul Lavalle. Lavalle left two of the girls at his house to watch his daughter while he went out with the third female to dinner. Detective Soza testified that during his investigation into the furnishing of alcohol to minors Lavalle provided him with sworn affidavits from two of the three minors. The affidavits stated that Lavalle did not provide them with alcohol. Detective Soza followed up with those two minors whom confirmed that those affidavits were not truthful and that they signed them at the request of Lavalle. Testimony revealed that Lavalle had a paralegal prepare the affidavits for the girls to sign but it was Lavalle personally who dictated the contents of the affidavits. The punishment range for these convictions is imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years and up to a $10,000 fine or probation. Lavalle was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole and Assistant District Attorney Shawn Connally in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Kemah Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.