LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 31-year-old Lufkin man Tuesday in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions earlier this year.
James Leigh Williams was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony continuous sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 charge. He was released from the jail later that day after he posted a bail amount of $150,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, the 11-year-old alleged victim was interviewed at Harold's House by a forensic interviewer. The girl allegedly told the interviewer that Williams "did things to her" about three to four weeks ago and again last week.
The alleged victim made an outcry at school. Harold's House's Ashley Cook said their office works to train teachers and counselors on how to handle any outcry made by a victim.
"When we can get emotionally connected to the issue and talk about it, that's when we are more willing to make those reports," Cook said.
The alleged victim told the interviewer that Williams removed her clothes and molested her about a month ago, the affidavit stated. Then about two or three weeks later, Williams allegedly molested the girl again and took her phone.
The girl told the forensic interviewer that Williams came back into the room and hid her face with bed covers before her sexually assaulted her again, the affidavit stated.
After the forensic interview, a SANE exam was performed on the 11-year-old girl. The SANE nurse found evidence of physical trauma that was consistent with the girl's allegations that she had been molested numerous times.
Lufkin ISD Counselor Julie McManus believes the teachers in the classroom can be the voice for the victims.
"They can see when something is different," McManus said. "When the student has a particular demeanor and something is changing rather it is aggressive behavior or maybe withdrawn behavior they are going to be able to notice a difference in the student and certainly begin to see what is going on."