BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand jury handed down 32 indictments Friday, including one for a former Lufkin Police officer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl.
Gerald Joe Hendricks, 48, of Lufkin, 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 worked as a Lufkin Police officer 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.
Also among the indictments:
* Jafrina Seymone Jackson, 20, of Diboll, for accident involving serious bodily injury. Jackson is accused of being the driver of a vehicle that struck Jose Guadalupe Ramirez, 48, in the 1100 block of SE Loop 224 on the night of Jan. 28. The vehicle that struck Ramirez left the scene without rendering aid or providing information. Ramirez sustained serious injuries in the collision.
* Matthew Ritchie Vines, 30, of Lufkin, for assault of a public servant, harassment and retaliation. According to the Nacogdoches Police report, officers responded to the disturbance on the 100 block of Pearl Street. When they arrived, officers reported Vines was seen pushing another person and yelling and screaming. Officers attempted to arrest Vines for public intoxication, but when they placed him in the patrol car, Vines tried to kick the window out of the car, according to the report. Officers then placed Vines in leg irons, and he kicked an officer in the head when they tried to put him back in the car, according to the report. The report states Vines spit on an officer while he was on the way to the jail. Somewhere during the whole incident, Vines threatened an officer, giving him the retaliation charge, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell said.