By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett man was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 23 after it was alleged he had improperly touched a juvenile as she was walking home.

According to a probable cause affidavit, 39-year-old Stacy Bernard Henry accosted the juvenile just before 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon and initiated an “… inappropriate conversation with her.”

The juvenile victim informed police officers she did not know who Henry was but described him as wearing “… plaid PJ pants, a gray hoodie, black cap and had multiple tattoos including one of a tire on his neck,” the affidavit indicated.

The juvenile victim also informed the officers Henry “… placed his face in her breasts and grabbed her buttocks as he hugged her.”

The affidavit reported Henry also gave the juvenile victim his phone number.

As the officers began their investigation, they traveled to the location where the juvenile said the incident occurred.

Once the officers arrived at the location, they made contact with Henry who was wearing the items described by the juvenile victim as well as displaying the tire tattoo she described.

“Henry stated he was sitting underneath the carport when a girl (the juvenile victim) walked by and that he yelled at her to ask about some insurance information that her mother may know. Henry changed his story several times and later admitted to hugging the girl. The cell phone number was also confirmed by Henry’s mother,” the affidavit reported.

Henry was advised he was being placed under arrest by the police officers and as he was being escorted to the patrol unit, the affidavit alleged Henry threatened the officers. When the officers warned Henry about the threats, the affidavit reported Henry said his words were not threats, but rather promises.

Henry was detained and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody on charges of indecency with a child and retaliation.

The indecency with a child charge is a second degree felony. According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The retaliation charge is considered a third degree felony.  According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Henry is being held at the Houston County Jail and his total bond has been set at $40,000.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com