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2 Men Jailed In Hopkins County On Child Sex Charges

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Hopkins County sheriff’s officers Monday arrested two men on child sex charges, a 28-year-old Yantis man on an indecency with a child by sexual contact warrant and a 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man on a sexual assault of a child charge.

Jquiten Lamar Gasaway

Jquilen Lamar Gasaway was contacted his Sulphur Springs residence and asked him to go to speak to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Investigator Michael Russell at the sheriff’s office about allegations of alleged sexual involvement with a child. After being read his rights, Gasaway allegedly confessed to the offense, but claimed not to have known the age of the child.

The investigation was launched after a parent reported confronting a child about information received alleging a sexual relationship between the child and an adult male. The child allegedly admitted to the relationship. The parent contacted the sheriff’s office. The child, during an interview at Northeast Texas child Advocacy Center, allegedly admitted to being involved with an adult male estimated to be in his early 20s, with whom she’d communicated online, according to investigators.

Gasaway was identified as the suspect in the case. The 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man was jailed for sexual assault of a child, according to arrest reports. He remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning on the charge, according to jail reports.

The arrest marked the second time this month Gasaway has been booked into the county jail and the fourth time since February 2019 he’s been arrested locally. Gasaway as in custody at Hopkins County jail March 8-9 for possession of less than 1 gram of marijuana; Sept. 18-19, 2019 for possession of less than 2 grams of marijuana in a drug-free zone; and Feb. 28-March 3, 2019 for engaging in organized criminal activity and evading arrest or detention, according to jail reports.

Jacob Wyatt Burgess

Hopkins County Sheriff‘s deputies were dispatched around 7:15 a.m. March 23 to a County Road 1441 address, where a 28-year-old Yantis man was reported to have been warned to stay away. Upon arrival, they determined Jacob Wyatt Burgess was indeed on the property for which records show he’d been previously issued a criminal trespass warning. Burgess was taken into custody by HCSO Sgt. Shea Shaw and Deputy Aaron Chaney on a criminal trespassing charge, according to arrest reports.

Officials were investigating a report of an alleged sex crime by the defendant. After interviews, investigators received and served him with a second-degree felony warrant alleging indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Burgess also remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, March 24. Bond was set at $1,000 on the criminal trespass charge and $50,000 on the indecency charge, according to arrest jail reports.

The 28-year-old Yantis man’s arrest marked the second time in less than a year he’s been booked into Hopkins County jail. Burgess also spent April 19-June 27, 2019 in custody for possession of a dangerous drug. Since 2015, he’s been arrested on four possessing drug paraphernalia charges, two assault assault charges and a warrant, according to jail reports.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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