The Texas Attorney General’s office is heading up the investigation into two former Nacogdoches High School baseball players accused of sexually assaulting a teenager at gunpoint in March.
Jacek Michael Karczewski and Triston Michael Smith both face charges of sexual assault in the case. Karczewski faces two additional charges of aggravated assault.
The Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s office was recused from the case, spokesman and assistant district attorney Andrew Jones said.
“Our office was formally recused on the case due to the district attorney’s conflicts of interest with both sides,” Jones said. “That essentially means we aren’t to have anything to do with the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety and comply with the court’s order recusing our office.”
The Texas Attorney General’s Office failed to respond to multiple requests for comments on the case’s progress by The Daily Sentinel sent over the span of more than a week.
The Daily Sentinel filed an open records request with the office on June 13 for documents and information pertaining to the case.
“The (Office of the Attorney General) believes the information responsive to your request is excepted from required public disclosure,” according to an email response to the records request sent on Friday, June 21. “We have requested a ruling on this information form the open records division of the OAG.”
The Nacogdoches County District Clerk’s office showed no records that either Karczewski or Smith had been indicted on the charges they were arrested on in March. A search of court records does not show any scheduled hearing dates or appearances for either suspect anywhere in the state.
The pair are accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a party at Smith’s home in late February, according to the arrest affidavits filed against them.
Karczewski allegedly “brandished a long barreled firearm” and kicked the victim during the assault, and another victim claimed he kicked her as well.
Smith and Karczewski were removed from the baseball team after their arrests. Smith had previously signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Houston.