Former Matagorda Co. deputy sentenced to 32 years for using Minecraft to lure child porn victims, abusing family member
A former deputy with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography, the United States Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Woman sentenced to 50 years for abusing 12-year-old daughter who died after receiving ‘numerous’ third-degree burns
A Sugar Land woman was sentenced to 50 years in prison for abusing her daughter, who died from sepsis after receiving third-degree burns, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Repeat child sex offender convicted of abusing 7-year-old in 1993 sentenced to 42 years for child porn
A repeat child sex offender from Willis who was convicted of abusing a 7-year-old in the past was sentenced to 42 years in prison for child pornography Wednesday, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said.
Lawsuit claims Dairy Queen corp. failed to protect minor worker who was sexually assaulted by supervisor in Huffman
A lawsuit was filed Monday in Harris County on behalf of a minor who alleges her outcries were ignored after she reported being repeatedly sexually abused and assaulted by her former shift supervisor at a Dairy Queen restaurant in Huffman, Texas.
Cult leader accused of having wives as young as 9, possibly marrying his own daughter: FBI
A 46-year-old alleged polygamist and cult leader in Arizona is accused of having 20 wives, many of whom were underage, and possibly marrying his own daughter, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigations announced.
Have you seen him? 59-year-old man wanted for sexually abusing child for nearly 2 years, police say
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department Special Victims Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a fugitive (Jose Antonio Zavala) who is accused of sexually abusing a child for nearly two years.
Twin teens who escaped Cypress home were severely beaten, starved, forced to eat their own waste by their mother, her younger boyfriend, court docs show
Two teen siblings who made a daring escape from a Cypress home, running to a neighbor’s house for help, were enduring unimaginable abuse and horror at the hands of their own mother and her younger boyfriend, as outlined in court documents.
Former HCSO deputy charged with possession of child pornography in 2018 sentenced to 10 years in prison
The former veteran Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography in 2018 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Quanell X condemns alleged sexual exploitation of children in DFPS care by foster care system employees
The Texas Rainbow PUSH Coalition has organized an “Emergency Call to Action” press conference Tuesday in response to reports of children in the Department of Family and Protective Services’ care allegedly being sexually exploited and trafficked by employees in the foster care system.
Mother, her common-law husband indicted for capital murder in death of 8-year-old boy who sold muffins to help family, DA says
A Houston couple has been indicted for capital murder in the death of an 8-year-old boy who died in a motel room bathtub after being severely beaten, handcuffed, and bound with duct tape in March 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.
2 women charged after 6 kids left in ‘filth and squalor,’ 1-year-old ate his own feces due to hunger, court records show
Two Houston area women have each been charged with a felony after authorities say they abandoned their six small children, leaving them in unspeakable conditions. Some of the children were filthy and covered in lice, and a toddler was left to eat his own feces, according to court documents.
‘We eat good’: Man at center of abuse, abandonment case brags on Instagram during time investigators say his girlfriend’s children were starving
The family of Brian Coulture, the man accused of killing his girlfriend's 8-year-old child and severely abusing her other children, sent KPRC 2 a statement expressing sympathy for what has happened. The family says the man at the center of the horrific case is not the person they raised.
Paternal grandmother of one of Gloria Williams’ children speaks to KPRC 2
The grandmother of one of the children of Gloria Williams, the mother whose 8-year-old son's skeletal remains were found in a west Harris County apartment, spoke exclusively to KPRC 2 in an effort to help others understand how the story of the young children took a tragic turn.
Stafford man sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing former girlfriend’s 9-year-old child, DA says
A 32-year-old Stafford man has been sentenced to 42 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency of a child, Fort Bend County District Attorney confirmed Wednesday.
Houston area sees a surge in child deaths from abuse and neglect
HOUSTON – April marks the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month. And right now, there are more than 6,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in the Houston area. Here’s a breakdown of one of the most well-known child abuse cases that happened in our area -- that of Maliyah Bass. Not long afterward, Harris met Maliyah. What started out as a search for a missing child quickly turned into a homicide investigation just one week later when Maliyah’s body was found in Brays Bayou.
Prosecutors level torture accusations against mother, man charged in 8-year-old boy’s death
HOUSTON – Authorities learned new details about the woman and man charged in connection to an 8-year-old boy’s death. Authorities said Holzendorf is charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child. Police said the officer talked to Holzendorf, who said the boy got the injuries after falling off his bike. Her bond was set at a total of $150,000-- $50,000 for injury to a child and $100,000 for tampering with evidence. Lewis’ bond was set at $300,000.
Investigators seeking more victims after Richmond hair salon employee accused of sexually abusing a child
RICHMOND, Texas – The Richmond Police Department and Fort Bend County District Attorneys’ office is asking parents to sit down with their children to find out if they were ever victims of child abuse. This comes after a Richmond hair salon employee was arrested and charged with three counts of indecency with a child. Chavarria is also a registered sex offender and has been charged with two counts of violating his sex offender registration requirements. Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Craig Priesmeyer said that because of the allegations and evidence in the case they believe there could be more victims. Chavarria is being held at the Fort Bend County jail on a $320,000 bond.
Pasadena couple accused of abusing 2 small children charged, investigators say
HOUSTON – A Pasadena couple accused of abusing their two small sons, one of whom died, were both arrested and charged. Aust’s 2-year-old son, by another man, was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital after being left alone with Reid, according to court documents. The problem with that story, according to prosecutors, is that the child wasn’t wet when medics found him and his injuries were extensive. “That baby also had burns on its fingertips and high liver enzymes indicative of abdominal trauma,” Sawtelle said. The baby is now with a foster family while Reid and Aust await trial.