Mayor Decides to Stay after Child Indecency Plea

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SAN ANTONIO — The mayor of Poteet said he no longer plans to resign over his guilty plea to child indecency charges.

Lino Donato pleaded guilty last week to two counts of indecency by exposure and no contest to one count of indecency by contact for incidents that occurred between 1996 and 2000.

He had called a special meeting for Wednesday to resign his position in Poteet, about 30 miles south of San Antonio. But on Tuesday he reversed his decision and canceled the meeting.

"I was going to resign, but the bottom line is I'm not guilty. I didn't do those things. I need to clear my name," he said.

Donato's guilty plea cut short his trial on accusations he exposed himself to two girls and improperly touched one of them.

Donato criticized his legal representation but wouldn't say whether he plans to try to withdraw his plea or hire a new attorney. His attorney during the trial, Patrick Filyk, declined comment.

Donato was placed on probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

City Attorney Frank Garza said Donato is still eligible to hold office because he was sentenced to deferred adjudication, which is not a final conviction.

Donato's third term ends in 2009.