Former Lufkin Police officer arrested for sex with child charge

Gerald Hendricks mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Gerald Hendricks mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Pollok man who worked in the 1980s as a Lufkin Police officer was arrested Thursday in Nacogdoches County on two charges in connection to a sexual relationship with a child.

Gerald Joe Hendricks, 48, is charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, and enticing a child, a third-degree felony.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Nacogdoches Police officers on Dec. 26 spoke with a 16-year-old girl's mother about her daughter having sexual relations with an adult man. The officers determined Hendricks had been communicating with the girl through the Internet and the telephone prior to that day. They also learned he had sex with the girl on that day inside a room at Motel 6, located at 3400 South Street, according to the report.

Further investigation showed Hendricks spoke with the girl's grandmother on the phone two weeks before that day. The grandmother told Hendricks that her granddaughter was 16, and Hendricks told her he was 19, according to the report.

Police interviewed Hendricks on Feb. 18 and Hendricks admitted to picking the girl up from a location near her home and taking her to the Motel 6, where he had sexual relations with her, according to the report. He also said he remembered speaking with the grandmother and tell her he was 22.

Hendricks was booked in and out of the Nacogdoches County Jail on Thursday, on a total bond of $75,000.

According to a previous KTRE report, Hendricks worked as a Lufkin Police officer in 1989. He was off-duty when he discovered the dead body of Michael Phillips, 24, at Kit McConnico Park in Lufkin.

According to Lufkin Police spokesman Det. J.B. Smith, Hendricks worked for the department from March 1985 until December 1989. Prior to then, he worked with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. He left Lufkin to be a highway patrolman and a chief of police in Missouri, Smith said.

Smith said Lufkin Police detectives assisted in the investigation which led to Hendricks' arrest.

According to county records, Hendricks lost a primary election in a bid to be justice of the peace in Precinct 1 in 2002. He also lost a primary election in 2004 for constable of Precinct 2.

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