NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A former Lufkin Police officer has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl December 2011.
Gerald Joe Hendricks, 50, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child. A charge of third-degree enticing a child was dropped as a result of the plea bargain.
Hendricks will serve a 10-year probation sentence.
District Judge Campbell Cox approved the sentence.
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 worked for the Lufkin Police 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.