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Police: Lufkin man gets teen high before molesting her

Albert Haley. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Albert Haley. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)

Lufkin Police have arrested a man accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl after he had her drink and smoke drugs with him.

Albert Charles Haley, 55, of Lufkin is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child, each second-degree felonies.

According to an arrest affidavit, the alleged victim told counselors at Harold's House, a victim's advocacy center, that she was with Haley when he had her drink two beers one night in February. She said he then told her to smoke some drugs with him and he gave her a small pipe and she inhaled some smoke from it and became dizzy.

The girl said Haley then told her to go in to the bedroom and he performed two different sexual acts on her.

According to police spokesman Det. J.B. Smith, officers went to 811 South First St. to arrest Haley when they saw him walking to the house from a store. They told him there were warrants for his arrest and took him into custody.

As of Friday afternoon, he was being held in the Angelina County Jail on a collective bond of $30,000.

Local teachers and organizations in Angelina County are raising awareness of these crimes, especially in honor of it being Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Crystal Hooper is one of the teachers who oversees 69 children at Lil' Panthers Head Start program.

"If we save one child, we've done exactly what we set out to do," said Lil Panthers Head Start Childhood Development Center teacher, Crystal Hooper.

Friday, each of those children and some parents released balloons and messages in honor of child abuse awareness.

"The interactive way to get the parents involved and let them know the different statistics and ways to prevent child abuse," said Hooper.

"One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday," said Harold's House Executive Director, Laura Squires.

Squires says the statistics on child abuse are startling, but she says proper education can raise prevention.

"95 percent of child abuse comes from someone the child knows and trusts, which makes it even more sad," said Squires.

The Lufkin Police Department arrested two men Thursday on sexual assault charges.

Squires says in order to get more offenders behind bars, it's important for her agency to create a comfortable environment for each child to tell their story.

"If a child cries during the interview, then they haven't done their job properly," said Squires.

For Hooper, awareness and prevention starts with teaching parents the dangers of this abuse.

"When we educate the parents, a lot of this can be prevented, especially when you think about social abuse and emotional abuse. It's important to get the word out so they'll understand what's really going on," said Hooper.

Squires says 195 children, in Texas, fall victim to child abuse every day. This number, she says, needs to shrink.

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