Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

For some sex offenders, their deal with the state wasn’t really a deal
 When the Beaumont police detective called him in 2014, Curtis wondered what the officer might want. His only run-in with the law had been half a lifetime ago. In 1985, he had been charged with indecency with a child, his stepdaughter. Curtis, then 34, struck a deal with prosecutors. He would plead guilty, but if after 10 years he kept out...

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When the Beaumont police detective called him in 2014, Curtis wondered what the officer might want. His only run-in with the law had been half a lifetime ago. In 1985, he had been charged with indecency with a child, his stepdaughter. Curtis, then 34, struck a deal with prosecutors. He would plead guilty, but if after 10 years he kept out...
A&M toughens sexual misconduct rules for faculty, staff, students
 The Texas A&M University System announced tougher sanctions Monday, including mandatory expulsion and dismissal in some cases, for students, faculty members and staff members who engage in sexual misconduct. The new rules relate to Title IX, the federal law barring sex discrimination and sexual misconduct at schools receiving federal funds...

6:00 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

The Texas A&M University System announced tougher sanctions Monday, including mandatory expulsion and dismissal in some cases, for students, faculty members and staff members who engage in sexual misconduct. The new rules relate to Title IX, the federal law barring sex discrimination and sexual misconduct at schools receiving federal funds...
Hoping to stave off federal action, Texas rewrites lizard plan
 Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic...

12:17 AM Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic...
Dallas company in driver’s seat on 12th Street corridor
 In recent years, a Dallas-based real estate company has gone on an extraordinary buying spree in East Austin. Eureka Holdings has purchased 114 parcels, many of them along and around the 12th Street corridor, according to county records. They range from small vacant lots and older residences to a historic site and the Mount Carmel Village...

8:12 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

In recent years, a Dallas-based real estate company has gone on an extraordinary buying spree in East Austin. Eureka Holdings has purchased 114 parcels, many of them along and around the 12th Street corridor, according to county records. They range from small vacant lots and older residences to a historic site and the Mount Carmel Village...
Lawyers doubt Hays County drug task force’s story on informant
 Two months ago, in a bombshell revelation, Hays County law enforcement authorities claimed they had tracked down a mysterious confidential informant whose disappearance forced prosecutors to drop a capital murder charge against one San Marcos man and threatened the murder prosecution of a second person. Defense attorneys said the informant...

10:02 PM Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018

Two months ago, in a bombshell revelation, Hays County law enforcement authorities claimed they had tracked down a mysterious confidential informant whose disappearance forced prosecutors to drop a capital murder charge against one San Marcos man and threatened the murder prosecution of a second person. Defense attorneys said the informant...
In Hays County, the discovery of a missing informant has doubters
 Two months ago, in a bombshell revelation, Hays County law enforcement authorities claimed they had tracked down a mysterious confidential informant whose disappearance forced prosecutors to drop a capital murder charge against one San Marcos man and threatened the murder prosecution of a second person. Defense attorneys said the informant...

9:54 PM Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018

Two months ago, in a bombshell revelation, Hays County law enforcement authorities claimed they had tracked down a mysterious confidential informant whose disappearance forced prosecutors to drop a capital murder charge against one San Marcos man and threatened the murder prosecution of a second person. Defense attorneys said the informant...
Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case
 The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding...

4:37 PM Friday, Jun. 22, 2018

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding...
Judge: Case may proceed against Mesquite officer who Tased teen’s groin
 A federal judge has ruled that a family’s lawsuit against a police officer who shocked their son in the groin with a Taser the night he died may continue in a limited form. The Mesquite Police Department’s handling of Graham Dyer was detailed last year by the American-Statesman as part of the newspaper’s Question of Restraint...

7:21 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

A federal judge has ruled that a family’s lawsuit against a police officer who shocked their son in the groin with a Taser the night he died may continue in a limited form. The Mesquite Police Department’s handling of Graham Dyer was detailed last year by the American-Statesman as part of the newspaper’s Question of Restraint...
Texas A&M rocked by flurry of sex misconduct allegations
 Texas A&M University is being rocked this week by a flurry of accusations by women who said they suffered sexual assault and misconduct while students at the school, and that what they described as the administration’s weak response toward their assailants left them feeling alone and traumatized. The outpouring of complaints began when...

6:13 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Texas A&M University is being rocked this week by a flurry of accusations by women who said they suffered sexual assault and misconduct while students at the school, and that what they described as the administration’s weak response toward their assailants left them feeling alone and traumatized. The outpouring of complaints began when...
Miles from anywhere, Texas military school faces closure
 In 2007, the Texas Youth Commission’s boot camp for juvenile offenders in Sheffield, a sparsely populated community in remote West Texas, was facing a crisis. The facility had long struggled to attract and keep staff. But with barely a third of its correctional officer positions filled, the agency (since renamed the Texas Juvenile Justice...

8:25 PM Tuesday, May. 29, 2018

In 2007, the Texas Youth Commission’s boot camp for juvenile offenders in Sheffield, a sparsely populated community in remote West Texas, was facing a crisis. The facility had long struggled to attract and keep staff. But with barely a third of its correctional officer positions filled, the agency (since renamed the Texas Juvenile Justice...
Regulators yank license of prison snitch befriended by FBI director
 Johnny Spinelli’s past overtook him this week. After a life crammed with a TV miniseries-worth of crime drama that careened from committing heinous crimes to helping prosecutors solve a notorious murder-for-hire, to a lifelong friendship with a director of the FBI, Spinelli had settled into a quiet career working as an electrician northwest...

5:29 PM Friday, May. 25, 2018

Johnny Spinelli’s past overtook him this week. After a life crammed with a TV miniseries-worth of crime drama that careened from committing heinous crimes to helping prosecutors solve a notorious murder-for-hire, to a lifelong friendship with a director of the FBI, Spinelli had settled into a quiet career working as an electrician northwest...