Sheriff's Office: Livingston man molested 2 girls when he let them drive pickup

Sheriff's Office: Livingston man molested 2 girls when he let them drive pickup

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a 68-year-old man Thursday in connection to allegations that he molested two children when he let each one of them sit in his lap and drive his pickup.

Eddie Strapps Jr., of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. His bail amount has been set at $50,000.

According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said that his office received a call on March 19 alleging that one or more girls had been sexually molested by their neighbor.

At that point, detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division set up forensic interviews with the alleged victims at Childrenz Haven, Polk County's Child Advocacy Center. During the interviews, the girls made outcries of sexual abuse, the press release stated.

Both children said that the abuse occurred when their neighbor, who was later identified as Strapps, let them sit in his lap and drive his truck in the Crystal Lakes Subdivision, the press release stated.

Strapps was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and taken to the Polk County Jail.

"Sheriff Hammack is requesting any residents in the Crystal Lakes subdivision with knowledge of this investigation or believes another child has been abused to contact Det. Christi Allen at (936) 329-9025."

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