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Truss in Hopkins County Jail Following Child Exploitation Investigation

August 24, 2023 – On Tuesday, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office said they received reports of children at risk of “serious harm, adult actor(s) actively involved in child exploitation including online activities.” An investigation was opened immediately and with the information received, authorities said they were able to determine a possible location of the suspect in Franklin County.

Hopkins County investigators went to the location and officials said they were able to identify the suspect Billy Joe Truss.

BILLY JOE TRUSS aka Big Bill Truss, 2023
Billy Joe Truss aka Big Bill Truss, 2020. Image courtesy of Social Media Website TikTok

Truss currently faces one charge of sexual exploitation of a minor from the US Marshals. In the same case, the Franklin County Sheriff has charged Truss with:

  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Two counts of sexual performance of a child under 14 years of age.
  • Possession of child porn with the intent to promote and distribute.
  • Continues sexual abuse of a child under 14 years of age.

Additional charges are expected.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. You can reach them for non-emergency matters at (903) 438-4040.

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