GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - A Tyler man was arrested after a 16-year-old girl's father caught the man and the teen having sex in a pickup parked on a relative's nearby property in Grapeland.
Joel Moore, 23, is still being held in the Houston County jail on a felony sexual assault charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Grapeland PD officer was dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Pearl Street at about 3:10 a.m. Sunday in reference to a 911 call that stated the complainant's 16-year-old daughter had been caught having sex with a grown man.
When the officer arrived on the scene, the girl's father met him at the road. The man told the Grapeland PD officer that his wife had woken him up at about 2:45 a.m. and told him that someone was in her mother's yard with a flashlight, and the dogs were barking.
At that point, the girl's mother called her relative, and the couple learned that their daughter wasn't at her grandmother's house even though she was supposed to be spending the night there, the affidavit stated. She allegedly left her grandmother's house without permission during the night.
The girl's father walked over to his mother-in-law's house to look for their daughter, thinking that she might be out back smoking a cigarette. After discovered that his daughter wasn't in the back yard, he started looking elsewhere for her.
The victim's father walked up to where his Chevrolet extended cab was parked on his mother-in-law's property, opened the door, and found Moore with his daughter, the affidavit stated. The girl was naked, and Moore allegedly didn't have any pants on, the man told the Grapeland PD officer.
After the father made his daughter get dressed, he took her home, the affidavit stated.
Later, the victim told her parents that Moore had texted her and asked her to come outside, and she said no. Moore allegedly texted her again and asked her to come outside, so they could talk about it, the girl told her parents.
Then the victim went outside and met Moore, according to the affidavit.
"Moore started kissing on her, and they went to the truck and had sexual intercourse," the affidavit stated.
In Texas, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sex.