Tuesday morning Donald Michael Roach went on trial in a trial before the court in Hopkins County Eighth Judicial Court. Roach is being tried for Sex Abuse of a Child Continuous: Victim Under 14-Female.
Among the witnesses are investigators for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, CPS, and the victim. In the victim’s testimony Tuesday morning, she drew circles around the private areas of both females and males and went on to describe actions that she was asked to perform on Roach and acts that he performed on her. The child also described what took place at various locations shown in pictures presented by the prosecution. Assistant District Attorney Clay Harrison allowed the child to prove that she knew the difference between a lie and the truth as he entered his questioning regarding the acts and locations where they happened.
At the time of his arrest in February, Roach, 44, was in Hopkins County jail following the outcry of a 7-year old child. Roach is being held on $150,000 bond for Sex Abuse of a Child Continuous: Victim Under 14-years of age. The child and her mother were living in the same residence with Roach.
In February, Chief Criminal Investigator Lewis Tatum said the child told a relative about the continuous sexual abuse and the relative took the child to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office where a report was made. The child was then taken by Investigator Dennis Findley to the Child Advocacy Center in Winnsboro where she, again, made an outcry during the interview there. Findley then secured a warrant for Roach’s arrest. Hopkins County and Wood County officers went to the residence on Highway 154 South near Yantis where Roach was living. Hopkins County Deputy Scott Davis made the arrest.