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Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Indicted on Two Charges of Indecency with a Child

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The assistant fire chief for the South Ector County Volunteer Fire Department, also a former employee for the city of Odessa, is now behind bars at the Ector County Detention Center. 

Odessa Police say they did not find probable cause to arrest 30-year-old David Paul Avary, but according to the Ector County Detention Center a grand jury from the Ector County District Court indicted him on two charges of indecency with a child. 

The first offense states that on May 1st, 2013, Avary allegedly forced a child under the age of 17 to expose herself. According to the documents, the second offense is for sexually touching the minor. 

The South Ector County Volunteer Fire Department declined to give an on-camera interview but issued a statement saying, "David is an 11-year veteran of our department. We are a small group of volunteers, our relationship has been strictly professional with David. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the situation." 

Avary is being held in the Ector County Detention Center on a $35,000 bond. An arraignment has been set for January 12th at the Ector County District Court. Stick with NewsWest 9 as we continue to follow this developing story. 



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