Nacogdoches sex assault suspect books in, out of jail again

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

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old girl was taken back to jail after a district judge raised his bail following a grand jury indictment.

Gerald Joe Hendricks, 48, of Lufkin, arrived at Judge Campbell Cox's courtroom Thursday afternoon for an initial appearance when he learned his bail had been raised from $75,000 to $200,000.

Court officials told Hendricks a letter was sent to his attorney, Edward McFarland, informing him of the higher bond and that he would be placed under arrest until he could pay the amount. Hendricks said he was not aware of the letter.

McFarland was not at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse. An attorney representing Hendricks for the hearing, Martin Hunt, declined to comment about Hendricks' claim of the letter.

McFarland bailed Hendricks out of jail later on Thursday.

In an email received Friday morning, Hunt explained he did not offer comment on the matter because he was not clear on the details. He then explained in a phone interview that "Mr. McFarland never got notice from the court. As far as I'm aware the office never received anything."

"I haven't been to the office to hunt for it," Hunt said. "There might be a letter sitting around, but it was just miscommunication and it's been taken care of."

According to Pat Littleton, Cox's legal secretary, the information was distributed on March 28.

Nacogdoches Police arrested Hendricks in February following allegations that he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl.

Hendricks is a former law enforcement officer and worked as a Lufkin Police officer in the 1980s.

His next court hearing is set for August 11.

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