Star Chef Faces Child-Sex Charge
Star Chef Faces Child-Sex
Will plead insanity
By Craig Malisow
Former Tony's chef Bruce McMillian is planning an insanity defense to charges of sexual assault of a child.
McMillian, 49, was arrested in Fort Bend County in January and charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child (including sexual contact); and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, Fort Bend County district court records show. No details were available regarding the connection between the boy and McMillian, or where the alleged incidents occurred.
Court records allege that McMillian performed oral sex on the boy on multiple occasions between October 2007 and November 2009, and that other sexual contact occurred between December 2008 and June 2010.
A jury trial has been set for August 29.
A judge denied three motions to reduce bond, but the court accepted his claim of indigency and appointed defense attorney Eric Ashford in February. Ashford was unavailable for comment.
McMillian was the executive chef of the upscale Tony's, a Houston institution, for ten years before opening Amici in Sugar Land.
McMillian filed a notice July 11 of his intent to raise the insanity defense, simultaneously asking the court to provide a mental health expert to evaluate whether he "was insane at the time the offense was committed."
Prosecutor Lisa Gregg was unavailable for comment.
TALES FROM TRANSIT
Metro CEO Likes His Porn
By Richard Connelly
Metro CEO George Greanias is in the midst of a one-week suspension for viewing adult sites on his office computer.
Among the sites he visited:
"The violation was unintentional," Greanias said in a letter to Metro employees. "I thought I was using my own computer, but was in fact in Metro's system – but it was a violation all the same. The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature – to say the least, highly inappropriate, and embarrassing."
He continued, "It pains me beyond measure to cast any cloud on what I regard as one of the most important jobs that needs to be done for our community. I can only hope that when I return on Monday, August 8th, you will give me the chance to prove through my actions that I am the leader you can trust to make sure the successes we've already enjoyed are just the start towards a great future."
Metro board chairman Gilbert Garcia announced the action.
"George Greanias has done an excellent job in the past year and three months turning the agency around and improving transit services, morale, and community relations," he said. "However, George must be held accountable and the community must have confidence that the New METRO will be open and transparent."
Metro said Greanias's actions would normally have resulted in a verbal reprimand, but the board was holding him to a higher standard.
"I agree with that judgment, and I accept it willingly," Greanias said.
Greanias accessed sites on 14 different days from February 9 to July 1, 2011, Metro's investigation showed.
DOING IT DAILY
Theres tons of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; youre only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs (or /rocks or /eating or /artattack).
We found a very strong candidate for Stripper Mom of the Year, not to mention People Who Shouldn't Reproduce: Micah Alford was back on the pole five days after giving birth and abandoning her infant. The man behind the Norway killing spree is a fan of Texas, we discovered, perhaps not to our surprise. A 19-year veteran HPD cop was arrested for running coke and taking a bribe, and we found an old interview where Grant Haze, who allegedly dismembered his ex-wife, said his chief influences were Sting and Lionel Richie.
We looked at crawfish consumption around the world, and then we ate some at the awesomely named Spanky Crawfish in Chinatown. We listed our top five politically incorrect food icons, along with the top five celebrity chefs we'd like to move to Mars. We had Tex-Mex at the new Don Julio's, lobster and clams at Bistro Le Cep, and kimchi quesadillas from the Oh My Gogi! Food truck. In the kitchen, we whipped up hummus, poached scrambled eggs and baked bacon. And we reported the sad news on the shooting of Hubcap employee Daniel Pacheco, whose death was not a result of a drunken gun game as HPD initially said. His killer is still on the loose.
An epically awful music video was made telling the world it's "Time For Rick Perry," which we can only hope becomes a standard at his appearances. We looked at the 10 worst debt-ceiling tweets from Texas' GOP congressional delegation, and Mayor Annise Parker chose a more expensive but neighborhood-supported underpass for the Metro's East End light-rail line.
Art Attack was busy as ever getting ready for National Dance Day and gave you some video of us practicing our best dance moves. We weren't exactly shocked at the news of Jesse James's breakup with Kat Von D, but we made up a Match.com profile for him anyway. We listed our favorite documentaries, our favorite games that should be movies and our favorite actors that we wish would be in better movies. We had a heart-to-heart with Larry Flynt and listed the most iconic Hustler covers.
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