A Tyler Morning Telegraph sports writer facing a charge of sexual assault of a child had a relationship with the 16-year-old alleged victim lasting seven months, according to an arrest affidavit.
Harold Lamont Wilson, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the second-degree felony.
Wilson turned himself into police Wednesday and was later released from the Smith County Jail on a $100,000 bond, Tyler police said.
Wilson could not be reached by phone Thursday.
Wilson met the girl, a John Tyler High School student, through shared interests, and they attended the same church, according to police and the arrest affidavit, obtained from the Smith County 7th District Court.
Wilson began giving the girl rides home starting in September 2012, the affidavit states.
The relationship became physical and lasted until February, when the girl stopped talking to Wilson because he “had become jealous,” the affidavit states. The relationship resumed about a month later and lasted until April.
The girl then confided to a female friend about text messages from Wilson, the affidavit states.
The friend then told a church elder, who in turn contacted the 16-year-old, the affidavit states.
The girl admitted to the elder that she had had a physical relationship with Wilson, the affidavit states.
Wilson admitted to the church elder that he engaged in sexual acts with the girl, the affidavit stated. Wilson told an investigator that he and the girl had touched one another, the affidavit states.
According to the Texas Penal Code, a child is defined as a person younger than 17 years old.