Bikers Against Child Abuse are at the Palo Pinto County Courthouse last week to support a pair of young victims. Left to right are, front row, Diane Tag Along Burke, Linda Bell Pepper O Shields, Gene Cobra Landry, Annie Cowgirl White, and Dan Danno Hunt; back row, Kendra Yarbrough, Jay Yetti Gravatt, James Mongo Brashear, Mike Oak Albert, Bruce Rhino Parsons and Randy Rokker Hotz. (Mark Engebretson)
A group of people showed up at the district courtroom in Palo Pinto last week, all wearing leather vests with motorcycle club colors.
Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse were present during the trial of Timothy Robert Hoskins, who entered a guilty plea in two indecency with a child by contact cases. The victims were reported to be 5 and 9 at the time of the offense.
"Our mission is to empower a child," said Gene "Cobra" Landry, who traveled to Palo Pinto from Williamson County.
He explained that to testify in a sexual case can be intimidating and scary for an adult.
"Can you imagine an 8-year-old girl?" he asked.
"We get to know the children," said Annie "Cowgirl" White, president of the Cross Timbers Chapter based in Weatherford. "Two people are assigned to the child."
Only the two assigned to the case know the names and facts of the case.
There are rules for members and strict requirements to become members.
"Everything has a two patch rule," White said, meaning all contact is with a minimum of two members present. "Everything is regarding security for our kids."
Anyone interested in membership undergoes a complete federal background check, including the National Crime Information Center. There is a full check through Child Protective Services as well as fingerprint checks.
For information about support or membership, contact White at 817-458-8129, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.texas.bacaworld.org.