Ex-suburban San Antonio councilman gets prison


Jeffrey Ellis pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child last month under terms of a plea deal with Bexar (BAYR) County prosecutors. The 44-year-old former Helotes (hel-OH'-tis) councilman blamed alcohol abuse for what he called one-time-only misbehavior.

Ellis resigned his office one week after his May 2009 arrest by federal marshals in Albuquerque, N.M., where he was visiting his parents. Prosecutors say Ellis had sex with the underaged daughter of a family friend at his home in Helotes.

Helotes is located about 14 miles northwest of San Antonio.

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