LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 63-year-old Lufkin man on a continuous sexual abuse of a child charge in connection to allegations that he kissed and fondled two young girls under the age of 14 on multiple occasions from May 2011 to December 2013.
Tommy Eugene Finch was booked into the Angelina County jail on April 10 on a first-degree felony continuous sex abuse of a child charge. He posted a bail amount of $75,000 and was released from the jail two days later.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police Department detective was contacted by the two girls' mother on Feb. 24. She told him that her daughters made the initial outcry about the alleged sexual abuse to their school counselor and that there were new details about the incidents that were not listed on the original report.
During a forensic interview at Harold's House, the two girls described how Finch would kiss them and put his tongue inside their mouths. In addition, both girls said that Finch touched them inappropriately, the affidavit stated.
The first girl told the interviewer that the sexual abuse started when she was six years old, the affidavit stated. She said that on multiple occasions, Finch would take her to a back room and kiss her and put his hand inside her pants, according to the affidavit.
The first alleged victim told the interviewer that Finch told her that she wasn't supposed to tell anyone what was going on, the affidavit stated.
When the second girl was interviewed, she said that Finch kissed her wrong, the affidavit stated. She also said that he would get on top of her and put his hand inside her underwear, according to the affidavit.
Later, the LPD detective interviewed Finch in regard to the allegations that had been made against him. After a short time, Finch allegedly admitted to kissing both girls on the mouth and to touching them inappropriately.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted James Tad Wheeler on intoxicated manslaughter, racing on a highway causing death, racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury, and intoxication assault. His bond has been set at $130,000.
Wheeler was allegedly driving a red 2005 GMC pickup and racing with another vehicle in November 2014 when he veered off the road near the intersection of FM 706 and Porter Road and rolled over. His two passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Michael Grant Nash was pronounced dead at the scene and Sarah Lee Scott was airlifted to a Tyler hospital.
Joseph Marbella, of Zavalla, was indicted on two counts of child endangerment in connection to allegations that left two kids, ages 7 and 4, alone in a stolen RV trailer while he went to run errands.
Zavalla Police Chief Steve Drumm said that Marbella was supposed to be watching his girlfriend's two young children while she went to work. Instead, Marbella left them by themselves while he went to run errands, Drumm said.
Joaquin Rivera, of Lufkin, was indicted for assault-family violence (occlusion) and endangering a child. Lufkin Police officers arrested him in April in connection to allegations that he put a leather belt that he had just used in an attempt to strangle his girlfriend around his 5-year-old son's neck and threatened to kill all three of them.
Also among the 48 people indicted by the Angelina County grand jury was Selena Wells, of Lufkin. She was arrested in December 2014 after she allegedly punched her aunt's 6-year-old daughter in the cheek during an ongoing family feud that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Bailey Street.
Sean Wood, of Lufkin, was indicted for three counts of sexual assault of a child. Wood was arrested in March for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. According to an arrest affidavit, the alleged victim's mother contacted the sheriff's office on Feb. 12 and said she found inappropriate text messages between her daughter and Wood on her daughter's computer.
On Feb. 24, a detective interviewed the girl, who said she and Wood had sex on two occasions, but could not again after her mother discovered the text messages.
The grand jury also indicted Cody Clevenger, of Diboll, for aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child in connection to allegations that he had sex with two underage girls in separate incidents in October 2013 and June 2012.
In one of the incidents, Clevenger traded a jacket for an 11-year-old's virginity.