Grand jury indicts former Angelina Co. jailer accused of treating inmates like 'pieces of meat'

Stevon Crowder (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Stevon Crowder (Source: Angelina County Jail)
David Faver (Source: Angelina County Jail)
David Faver (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kimberly Black (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kimberly Black (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a former jailer on 3 felony charges and eight Class A misdemeanor charges earlier this month in connection to allegations that he abused his authority by sexually harassing eight female trusties who worked with him in the jail kitchen.

In addition, Stevon Eugene Crowder, 53, of Lufkin, is accused of touching some of the inmates in a sexually aggressive manner.

The Angelina County grand jury indicted Crowder on three state-jail felony charges of having an improper sexual relationship with a person in custody and eight Class A misdemeanor charges of official oppression. East Texas News obtained the list of indictments Wednesday.

Crowder was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Aug. 28. For his own safety, he was transferred to the Nacogdoches County Jail later that day.

One of the inmates that made the allegations of sexual harassment against Crowder described him as a "pervert," according to one of the arrest affidavits.

Following an investigation by the Angelina County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers, Crowder acted on his attorney's advice, and turned himself into authorities late in the evening of Aug. 27. The investigation involved interviews with inmates in Angelina County and at Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons in Henderson, Coryell, and Burnett counties.

Crowder's alleged victims and one of their family members filed a complaint with the ACSO.

According to one of the arrest affidavits, Crowder was in charge of the jail kitchen and the jail inmates who were assigned to work there. He would wake them at their cell dorm and then return them to their cells when their shifts were over. The affidavits stated that the sexual harassment occurred between the hours of 1 and 5:30 or 6 p.m., the only part of Crowder's typical 12-hour shift when he was alone with the kitchen trustees.

See the East Texas News story at this link for more details on the allegations against Crowder.

The Angelina County grand jury also passed down two first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of child charges against a 23-year-old Huntington man who allegedly molested a 3-year-old girl back in July.

David Wayne Faver was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Aug. 27. His bail was set at $50,000, and jail records show he was transferred on Nov. 6.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim's mother told Diboll Police officers that Faver had left two messages claiming that he had molested the girl. During a SANE nurse exam, the nurse located scarring which backed up the claim.

Police obtained a warrant for Faver's arrest on Aug. 14.

Also among those indicted by the Angelina County grand jury was the 33-year-old Huntington woman who allegedly smoked marijuana with her 14-year-old daughter on several occasions back in July.

Kimberly Palmer Black was indicted for endangering a child, a state-jail felony, and delivering marijuana to a minor. She was booked into the Angelina County jail on Sept. 16 and released later that day after she posted a $500 bail.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Huntington Police Officer was dispatched to a home in the 200 block of West Maple Street in reference to child endangerment on Aug. 24. The complainant told the officer that a friend of his wife said the man's 14-year-old daughter had been smoking marijuana with her mother (Black).

The man's daughter admitted to the HPD officer that she has smoked marijuana with her mother on numerous occasions when she has gone to visit Black's residence in the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the affidavit stated. She said on Aug. 17 that Black allowed both her and her step-sister to smoke marijuana, and that her mother not only provided the drug; she smoked it with them.

According to the police report, the man confronted Black about smoking marijuana with their daughter, and she initially denied the allegation. However, she eventually admitted to it.

The HPD officer left statement forms for the complainant, his wife, and his daughter to fill out. Child Protective Services is investigating the case as well.

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