2 Men Arrested On Warrants Alleging Offenses Involving Minors

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Deputies arrested 2 Hopkins County men in 2 days on warrants alleging offenses involving minors, according to arrest reports.

Indecency with a child charges

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dennis Findley conducted an investigation of Christopher Lee Vail on allegations of indecency with a child. The 62-year-old Sulphur Springs man agreed to be interview viewed by Findley at the sheriff’s offices, and was transported there by officials.

Christopher Lee Vail (HCSO jail photo)

Due to information obtained during the interview, Findley filed for arrest warrants. The warrants were executed at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, by HCSO Deputy Chris Baumann at the sheriff’s office. Vail was escorted into jail by Baumann. Vail was booked into jail on two felony indecency with a child charges, the deputy noted in arrest reports.

Vail remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, on both indecency charges, according to jail reports.

Online solicitation of a minor charge

HCSO Deputy Chris Baumann and Sgt. Tanner Steward were made aware of an active warrant for a 35-year-old Saltillo man’s arrest. Upon arrival at the man’s residence, they saw him exit the home. Jonathon Ryan Swindell was taken into custody at 11:04 p.m. Sept. 23, on a warrant for online solicitation of a minor, according to arrest reports.

Jonathon Ryan Swindell (HCSO jail photo)

The deputies reported patting Swindell down for weapons. Deputis alleged locating a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue on it and a clear bag containing 0.256 gram of suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket.

Consequently, Swindell was also charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

Swindell remained in Hopkins County jail Friday morning, Sept. 24, on both charges according to jail reports. The arrest was the second time in two months he has been jailed locally. He also was arrested July 25 for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license invalid, 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.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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