Former Publisher Joey Dauben Sentenced For 2007 Sexual Assault

Joey Dauben, the young, former publisher of the Freedom of the Press Group, was sentenced Monday to three 10-year sentences for the sexual assault of a child, charges stemming from a 2007 incident. The encounter occurred with a 14-year-old boy during a church retreat at Navarro Mills Reservoir, 60 miles south of Dallas, the Corsicana Daily Sun reported.

We wrote a story on Dauben back in April 2011, when he was an upstart publisher launching community newspapers. A Jan. 22 hearing will decide whether Dauben will serve the sentences concurrently – meaning he could be out in as few as five years — or consecutively, which would keep him in jail for at least 15 years.