Smith County deputy, wife accused of failing to report sexual assaults
Editors Note: The deputy in this story is not identified in keeping with the Tyler Morning Telegraph's policy of protecting the identities of victims of sexual assault. The newspaper protects identities to encourage other victims of sexual crimes to report those crimes to police.
A 15-year veteran of the Smith County Sheriff's Office has been arrested and resigned his position after an investigation uncovered he and his wife failed to report the sexual assaults of family members under the age of 13 and a child at school.
The deputy, a detective with the department, and his wife were both arrested last week on the misdemeanor charge of failing to report child abuse or neglect.
According to an affidavit by Texas Ranger Brent Davis, the detective and his wife both knew a family member under the age of 17 had sexually assaulted two younger family members multiple times and failed to report the crimes.
The affidavit also states the couple knew the juvenile assaulted a fellow class member at school and also failed to report the crime.
According to Davis' report, the child at school was assaulted both on a school bus on multiple occasions and in the bathroom of the band hall at the school.
Davis stated in the report that a tipster contacted the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which touched off the investigation.
The couple was released on $7,500 bonds each, and sheriff officials say the detective tendered his resignation the following day.
If convicted on the Class A misdemeanor, the couple faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.