The Hopkins County Grand Jury signed at least 21 indictments naming 16 people during the October session, according to court records. Charges alleged in the indictments pushed forward from the October Grand Jury session included child pornography, aggravated assault, controlled substance, evading arrest, drunk driving, sexual assault and indecency with a child offenses, according to information released by the District Clerk’s Office.
Justin Andrew Crump was indicted during the October Grand Jury session on a possession with intent to promote child phonography charge.
As part of officials’ response to a rise in cases involving internet crimes against children during the first half of the year, three search warrants were obtained for three Hopkins County addresses. The warrants were executed June 25, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office investigators reported in July. During the searches, officials seized a number of electronic items. Forensic investigations were conducted on everything seized. Based on the evidence recovered a warrant was obtained for Justin Andrew Crump’s arrest, sheriff’s investigators reported.
On July 7, Crump was located at his place of work and arrested on a child pornography warrant. The 30-year-old Como man was interviewed at the sheriff’s office and allegedly confessed, according to sheriff’s and arrest reports.
Crump has remained in Hopkins County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond on the charge. He also was served with a warrant for violation of probation on a March 2019 DWI charge, according to jail reports.
Indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child was Marcos Mejia.
The 40-year-old Sulphur Springs man has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest July 17 on a warrant for the charge, according to jail reports.
An arrest warrant was issued for Marcos Mejia’s arrest after a juvenile female made an outcry and attended an interview at a Child Advocacy Center. Mejia was located at his residence and taken into custody on the warrant, sheriff’s deputies alleged in July 2020 arrest reports.
Bond on the aggravated sexual assault of a child charge was set at $100,000, according to jail reports.
Lamont Lankeen Mitchell was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 25-year-old Pittsburg, Texas man has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest July 15 on warrants for both charges, which stem from an incident in which two teens were shot on Fuller Street on June 14.
A group of youth alleged a man jumped out of the bushes and “opened fire” on the group as they were walking on Fuller Street around 1 a.m. June 14. An 18-year-old male and 15-year-old female allegedly sustained non life-threatening gunshot wounds and were expected July 21 to make a full recovery police reported. Mitchell was later identified as the suspect, and the two warrants were issued for his arrest, Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Reneau reported following Mitchell’s arrest on July 15. Mitchell’s bond was set at $100,000 per charge, according to jail reports.
Fernando Santana-Vazquez was indicted on four sexual assault of a child charges.
Santana-Vazquez was arrested Aug. 4 for impeding traffic, by stopping in the middle of the eastbound lane of traffic in a new construction zone on State Highway 11 west. He was later served with one aggravated sexual assault of a child and three sexual assault of a child warrants, according to August 2020 arrest and jail reports. He has remained in jail since his arrest. His bonds total $725,000, according to jail reports.
Jordan Matthew Williams was indicted during the October session for indecency with a child by exposure.
The 23-year-old Sulphur Springs man is accused of exposing his genitals to a juvenile victim. The offense was alleged to have occurred in 2019 in Hopkins County, sheriff’s investigators reported following Williams’ arrest on Aug. 6 on a warrant for the charge. Williams remained in Hopkins County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond Nov. 12, according to jail reports.
Carla Amanda-Renee Moore was indicted for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age in the vehicle.
Another woman texted 911 dispatchers that she was in the vehicle with Moore, who was alleged to be “extremely intoxicated, swerving, driving all over the line” on July 9. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper spotted the woman for speeding on Highway 11 east in front of a school and stopped her. Officials were told Moore decided to travel from the lake to town to purchase swimming toys for her 4-year-old and 4-year-old children, who were in the back seat. The other woman reportedly got in the SUV out of concern for the kid and alerted authorities to their location.
The trooper alleged Moore showed signs of intoxication and could smell alcohol on Moore, who claimed to have had a shot an hour before, but wasn’t sure what time it was during the stop. Moore allegedly showed six of six clues on horizontal gaze nystagmus tests, was unsuccessful on standard field sobriety tests and arrested around 9:30 p.m. July 9, 2020, on a DWI with child passenger charge-year-old Dallas woman was released from Hopkins County jail July 10 on a $5,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.
Christopher Daniel Houpt was indicted during the October Grand Jury session for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
Houpt reportedly drove off from a Church Street disturbance after police contacted him Aug. 8 and discovered he was wanted in Hunt County for failure to appear on an evading arrest charge and bail jumping/failure to appear. Police pursued the 30-year-old Dickinson, Texas man from town into the county. Deputies spiked three of the four tires on the truck he was driving on FM 1567 at County Road 1443. He allegedly drove for 5 miles before crashing into a grove of trees, then fled into the woods. A multiple agency manhunt was launched in the area. He as reportedly found in the wood line around 5 p.m. that day and was jailed after being treated by EMS, according to arrest reports.
He has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest Aug. 8, 2020; his bond on the evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge was set at $100,000, according to jail reports.
Indicted on two possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges were Ronald Khristopher Gulley and Monica Shanee Hamilton.
The charges against Ronald Khristopher Gulley stem from an an early morning Interstate 30 traffic stop on Aug. 4. Deputies, in arrest reports, alleged finding 24.6 grams of suspected cocaine and 49.9 grams of methamphetamine in a brief case-type bag in the vehicle. Gulley claimed the bag and was arrested for possession of both substance, according to arrest reports.
The 39-year-old Dallas man has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest on Aug. 4. His bond was set at $75,000 per charge, according to jail reports.
Monica Shanee Hamilton was arrested Dec. 18, 2019, following a routine traffic stop on Interstate 30. State troopers reported seeing a bag of suspected marijuana in a cupholder in her vehicle. While being interviewed, the 39-year-old DeSoto woman allegedly admitted to having half of a pound of marijuana in the vehicle. The trooper, in arrest reports, alleged finding a vacuum-sealed bag with 8.8 ounces of marijuana and baggies containing 26 aggregate grams of Ecstasy in a shopping bag on the rear seat.
Hamilton remained in Hopkins County jail Dec. 18-19, 2019; bonds associated with controlled substance and marijuana charges totaled $45,000, according to jail reports.
Indicted in October for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance with intent to deliver were 38-year-old Shaunta Daniel Bell and 43-year-old Lana Michelle Goodwin.
Bell and Goodin have remained in Hopkins County jail since their arrests on Aug. 5; bond was set at $75,000 each on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.
Indicted for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance were: Oscar Garcia Deleon, Braxton Wayne Fielden, Cody Jerome Tucker, Madeline Lee Walker and Christopher Alexander Graves.
Deleon, 24, has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest on the charge on Aug. 4; bond was set at $10,000. Fielden, 19, and Walker, 22, were arrested Aug. 6. Fielden remains in jail, but Walker was released Aug. 9 on a $10,000 bond, according to jail reports. Tucker has remained in jail since his arrest on July 29 on that charge as well as a Hunt County motion to revoke bond or probation on a controlled substance charge; bond was set at $10,000 on the Hopkins County charge, according to jail reports.