Court: Fmr. Lufkin police officer turns down all plea deals

Source: Nacogdoches Co. Jail
Source: Nacogdoches Co. Jail

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Nacogdoches prosecutors are set to move forward with a jury trial for a Pollok man who worked in the 1980s as a Lufkin Police officer now charged with sexual assault of a child.

Gerald Joe Hendricks, who was 48 at the time of his arrest, is charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, and enticing a child, a third-degree felony.

In pre-trial hearings Monday, Hendricks turned down all plea deals, according to court officials.  Jury selection is now scheduled for August 20 and Hendricks' trial will begin on August 27.

According to a 2011 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 into the Nacogdoches County Jail and later released after posting bail.

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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