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Family member of Rockport Donut owner found not guilty of theft

Posted at 9:36 PM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-19 23:23:44-04

ROCKPORT, Texas — A new development in the case between Matthew and Sopheak Otero and Sophy Treadway, Sopheak's cousin.

It's a story I've been reporting on for more than two years now.

On Wednesday, an Aransas County jury found Treadway not guilty of theft.

This case stems from the time Treadway worked at Rockport Donuts, which is owned by the Otero's.

In the indictment of Jan. 21, 2021, Treadway was accused of stealing more than $30,000 from the business.

The Otero's told me they spent thousands to bring Treadway to the US from Cambodia.

And they put her to work in their store to pay them back.

On March 2, 2020, Otero provided us with this video.

Which he claimed showed Treadway stealing money from the cash register at the business.

This is what he told me.

"Shocked. I couldn't believe it. This girl was my wife's niece. She was living with us, caring for us. And she was stealing $20 a day. $280.00. Just $20 bills at a time. Right on camera."

In April of this year, a federal court jury awarded Sophy Treadway a $1.8 million in a human trafficking case, against Matthew and Sopheak Otero.

The Otero's are appealing.