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Another turn in the Mineola Swingers case


POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:11pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 2:11pm

The so-called Mineola Swingers case shocked East Texas, and ended with a set of convictions that were ultimately overturned on appeal.
The charges involved sexual acts with children, and ultimately, a prosecution case that was shot down by an Appeals Court.
And now the woman who started it all is charged with abuse.
The court order landed like a bombshell.
And the target is Margie Cantrell.
From 2005-2008, four children aged 4-7, alleged that a group of adults, including their parents, had trained them in sex acts that were ultimately performed at a so-called “swingers club” in Mineola.
Margie and John Cantrell he foster parents for 8 kids, including a couple of those allegedly involved in the club, pushed for an investigation.
The stories were so outrageous and just plain weird, that after finding no evidence, Wood County DA Jim Wheeler and a grand jury decided not to pursue it.
Cantrell and her husband John, who was under indictment for child sex abuse in California, went to Smith County DA Matt Bingham who took on the case, and ultimately got a string of convictions.
All but one were overturned on appeal due to errors made by Bingham’s office and Judge Jack Skeen.
Now, Margie Cantrell is accused of abuse, and for now, one of the children is being removed from her home.
There will be a hearing on the child’s removal Tuesday Morning in Wood County.


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