By Will Johnson
HOUSTON COUNTY – A Houston County man has been arrested and charged with two felonies after he allegedly committed a sexual offense with a child under 17 years of age.
Charles Elvis Easley, 60, with a listed Crockett address, was taken into custody on Thursday, June 6 and charged with one count of indecency with a child and one count of unlawful restraint.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, on Monday, June 3, Easley allegedly held a juvenile child against her will at a residence located on State Highway 21E.
While the juvenile victim was restrained, “… Easley then engaged in sexual contact with this juvenile child … for his personal sexual gratification,” the report stated.
The legal document further indicated the juvenile made an outcry to a family friend and later detailed the assault in forensic interviews.
The indecency with a child charge is considered as a second degree felony under Texas law while the unlawful restraint charge is considered as a State Jail 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.”
A State Jail Felony is punishable by confinement in a state jail facility for a term of between 180 days and two years, in addition of a fine of up to $10,000.
Easley is being held at the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $30,000.
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