LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 44-year-old Lufkin man Monday for indecency with a child for allegedly touching a 5-year-old girl inappropriately a simulating a sex act with her on June 11.
Patrick Shawn Green is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child. He has also been charged with a parole violation out of Austin. No bail has been set for either charge at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged offense occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Meadows Street in Lufkin. Acting on information gathered by a patrol deputy, an ACSO investigator scheduled a forensic interview between the 5-year-old girl, referred to as "Jane Doe in the affidavit," and an employee of Harold's House.
"During the interview, one could clearly see that Jane had been traumatized by some recent event," the arrest affidavit stated. "Jane was very reluctant and scared to speak about the event but later began opening up, revealing what she claimed to have happened to her."
Jane Doe told the forensic investigator that she went with some of her sisters and other family members to a house in the 300 block of Meadows Street to swim. Sometime after swimming, the 5-year-old girl entered one of the home's bedrooms, where Green was doing sit-ups.
The girl said Green tried to take her swimsuit top off, and then he touched her inappropriately. Then Green allegedly lay on top of her and simulated sex acts while both of them were still clothed, according to the affidavit. Jane Doe told the forensic investigator that she and Green were the only ones in the bedroom when the alleged molestation occurred.
At that point, the girl told her sister what had happened. The affidavit stated the sister then called the girls' mother, who came and picked up all of her kids.
When the ACSO investigator contacted Green, he denied touching the girl inappropriately. He did say he was working out in the bedroom when Jane Doe entered. According to the affidavit, Green claimed that the woman whose residence they were at never left him alone in the room. The woman backed up his story.
However, the ACSO investigator talked to the girl's older sister, who gave a different version of the story. The older sister said she and several others were outside when the woman left the residence. She asked the woman where Jane Doe was, and she allegedly replied, "In the house." When the older sister entered the home, she saw her younger sister exit the bedroom, where Green was alone.
The affidavit stated that Green agreed to take a polygraph test on July 5. The results of the polygraph test "showed signs of deception for having sexual contact with Jane."
Angelina County Sheriff's Captain ALton Lenderman said that with cases like Green, a polygraph can help a lot.
"When we're working on a case and it's leading us in a certain direction, and someone request a polygraph, the polygraph can confirm our suspicions," said Lenderman.
But a polygraph will not be enough to keep Green in prison.
"A polygraph can only be a tool or guide to help you," said Prosecuting Attorney Elmer Beckworth. "It is not admissible in court."
Calling it a tool is a statement the sheriff's office agrees with.
"As they say, one more tool in your tool box in your investigation to use," said Lenderman. "If it gets you in the right direction for the truth to be found out and justice to be served, yes we'll use it."
Green has numerous felony convictions on his record including manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, and criminal trespass, according to the Angelina County criminal case records Web site.