SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - A San Augustine man was arrested Thursday after a victim came forward about being molested for several years.
According to San Augustine Chief Deputy, Gary Cunningham, the case occurred about 19 years ago when the child was 10 years old. The investigation began after the victim was encouraged by family members to come forward.
David Hughes, 54, allegedly molested an underage girl for more than 6 years, from the ages of 10 to 17. Hughes is being charged in two separate cases, tampering with a witness and indecency with a child.
Cunningham said a cooperating witness informed sheriff deputies that Hughes advised her to lie about the incidents.
"Based on interviews obtained we believe the allegations are valid and she is being honest with us," Cunningham said.
The Sheriff's office is investigating that Hughes inappropriately touched the child in several different counties throughout Texas and in Louisiana.
Additional charges may come from other counties and the state of Louisiana.
Hughes bond is $500,000 for all charges.