Police: Lufkin man touched young girls inappropriately

Richard Wayne Jenkins Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Richard Wayne Jenkins Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 27-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly touched two little girls, ages 3 and 5, inappropriately on or before Sept. 10.

Richard Wayne Jenkins Jr., of Lufkin, was charged with two counts of indecency with a child - sexual conduct, which is a third-degree felony. Jenkins posted a bond of $50,000 and was released from the Angelina County Jail later Wednesday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin Police officers responded to a call about two small children outside crying about being sexually abused by a man at a Lufkin residence. The two children were interviewed at Harold's House, a local victims' advocacy center. During her interview, the 3-year-old girl said the man put his hand inside her panties and touched her inappropriately while she was lying down. Later, the 5-year-old girl also said that the man touched her inappropriately.

Sexual assault exams were performed on both children at a local hospital, according to the affidavit. The affidavit said there was no trauma noted in the exams, but that was to be expected because the inappropriate contact was limited to touching.

Both girls gave details to the SANE nurse that were consistent with the accounts presented in the original forensic video interviews. In addition, both children have been going to a local therapist since the original report, and their statements to the therapist have been consistent with what they said in the original interview as well, the affidavit stated.

Jenkins refused to come into the Lufkin Police Department to talk to a detective and take a polygraph exam.

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