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Former Kennard ISD custodian indicted for sexual assault of a child

Shelby Wade (Source: Houston County Jail) Shelby Wade (Source: Houston County Jail)
Randall Hollingsworth (Source: Houston County Jail) Randall Hollingsworth (Source: Houston County Jail)
Devin Rains (Source: Houston County Jail) Devin Rains (Source: Houston County Jail)
Steven Ross (Source: Houston County Jail) Steven Ross (Source: Houston County Jail)
Israel Gonzalez and Kala Hernandez (Source: Houston County Jail) Israel Gonzalez and Kala Hernandez (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

A Houston County grand jury indicted a 22-year-old woman on a second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charge on Dec. 4 in connections to allegations that she was caught with her pants down after she sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in a bathroom at Kennard High School on Oct. 8.

Shelby Elaine Wade, of Kennard, was among the 20 people indicted by the Houston County grand jury. She was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child. She was released from the Houston County jail after she posted a bail amount of $20,000.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a HCSO investigator was notified about a possible sexual assault of a child that had occurred at Kennard High School. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office received word that an ABM custodial contract employee was caught with her pants and underwear on the floor of a bathroom at the high school.

Further investigation revealed that a 15-year-old boy was also present in the bathroom when Wade was caught, the affidavit stated. After the HCSO investigator talked to Wade and the boy, they both allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse.

However, the affidavit also stated that on Oct. 8, “no sexual encounters took place between the minor child and Wade” and that they had only taken off their clothes to expose their sexual organs before they were caught by a witness who contacted the Kennard ISD superintendent, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services.

According to the Texas penal codes, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sexual intercourse.

The day after Wade and the boy were allegedly caught in a bathroom at the high school, Kennard ISD Superintendent Richard Cooper issued a statement saying that the district had severed all ties with ABM Industries, its custodial contractor.

According to Cooper’s statement, all required background checks were performed” before the custodian was allowed into any of Kennard ISD’s facilities.

Cooper said the district is cooperating with the sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation and is providing any and all information that may be needed. In addition, Kennard ISD officials are conducting their own internal investigation into the incident.

The Houston County grand jury also indicted Randall Hollingsworth, 24, of Houston, for two felony charges - aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle in connection to incidents that happened back in September.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Houston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling US Highway 287 South in an attempt to find a 2015 Chevrolet pickup that had been stolen in Trinity County.  Earlier that day, Houston County dispatch received word that Hollingsworth had allegedly stolen the pickup from the Spitfire store in Pennington and was possibly headed toward Crockett.

As the NCSO deputy approached the County Road 4125 intersection about four and a half miles south of Crockett, he spotted a tungsten-colored Chevy pickup traveling north “at what appeared to be a high rate of speed,” the affidavit stated. Several seconds later, the pickup entered the southbound lane and headed straight toward the deputy’s patrol unit.

After the driver of the pickup, who was later identified as Hollingsworth, swerved toward the patrol unit, the HCSO was forced to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision and wound up in a ditch, the affidavit stated.

Once the deputy got turned around, he chased the pickup to Texas Loop 304 on Crockett with his lights and siren on. At that point, the deputy was able to arrest Hollingsworth because responding Crockett Police officers had the road blocked.

In addition, Devin Austin Rains, 19, of Crockett, was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection to allegations that he had sex with an underage girl numerous times. He was arrested on the charge back in May.

Steven Ross, 17, of Grapeland was indicted for sexual assault of a child in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl during a Latexo ISD volleyball game in October.

The Houston County grand jury also indicted Israel Gonzalez, 22, and Kala Hernandez, 20, both of Crockett on two counts of injury to a child in connection to allegations that they shook and abused their children, ages 3 months and 1, causing serious injuries back in October.

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