Former Nixon City Manager Manuel Zepeda was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 8 in a years-old child sex abuse case. As part of a plea bargain, Zepeda will serve 90 days in Gonzales County Jail and complete a cognitive behavioral treatment program at a state intermediate sanction facility. Zepeda’s length in the treatment program is dependent on his progress.
Upon release, Zepeda will wear a GPS ankle monitor, be registered as a sex offender and pay any victim counseling fees for the next 10 years. The plea bargain also requires Zepeda to pay a $2,000 fine and be under 10 years of deferred adjudication probation.
Zepeda became Nixon City Manager in 2014 and was arrested for sexual assault of a child in 2016. Zepeda was placed on unpaid administrative leave shortly after his arrest. In 2018, Zepeda was indicted by a Gonzales County grand jury in 2018 on 11 counts of child sex crimes and his employment contract with the city was subsequently terminated.
The charges stem from 2009 and 2011 incidents while Zepeda was employed as a substitute teacher with the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District.