If a girl needs a court-appointed special advocate, there is turmoil in her life, frequently from abuse or neglect. But the CASA is there to help her get from a temporary bad situation into a safe and healthy environment -- perhaps a permanent home.
But when the CASA molests her, she could wind up spending the rest of her life dealing with that abuse.
Now a court-appointed advocate in Ausin is in the Travis County Jail, accused of aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.
Billy Dan Carroll, 53, was arrested Sunday and was being held Wednesday on a bond of $2 million, according to The Associated Press.
Police have also said that they seized video allegedly showing him having sex with children ranging in age from 3 to 15 and two adult women who appeared to be unconscious.
Police Sgt. Brian Loyd said investigators are trying to determine the identity of the people on tape and hope victims will come forward.
"We don't know where it is going to end up, how many victims we may end up with," Loyd said. "There could be six. There could be 20. There is no telling."
The Austin American-Statesman has more on the case and Carroll's mugshot.
-- Bill Miller