TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - More arrests and charges could be pending in an ongoing Trinity County Sheriff's Office investigation that has already resulted in three people being arrested on sexual assault of a child charges.
One of the suspects was also charged with possession of child pornography.
Bill Dale Williford, 47, of Trinity, was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child, third-degree felony possession of child pornography, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana less than two ounces.
Lanissa Sue Voskamp-Johnson, 47, of Huntsville, and Stephen Copeland, 48, of Midway, were each charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child.
"Today, Investigator Randy Wheeler, Ranger Steven Jeter, and Sheriff Woody Wallace arrested three adults for sexual assault of a child," a press release stated. "These arrests stemmed from a lengthy investigation after the victim came forward and made an outcry, which led to a multi-county investigation."
The press release stated that the investigation started after the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office contacted the Trinity County Sheriff's Office and passed on information about the alleged sexual assault that was reported to them.
With that information, Wheeler consulted with Trinity County District Attorney Bennie Schiro, and he was able to obtain a search warrant for Williford's house in Trinity County. Wheeler and Wallace executed the search warrant on a home on Wendy Way in the Jungle Village subdivision and found multiple storage devices that contained child pornography and video of Williford sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child, the press release stated.
Williford was first charged with possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana, Wallace said. The sexual assault of a child charge was added after the 14-year-old alleged victim made an outcry to authorities, he said.
Other evidence and statements from the victim led Wallace to believe that other victims were possible and that some of the sexual assaults took place in other counties in Texas. On Tuesday, Wallace said more charges and arrests could be pending in other counties. He also added that the case could involve more than one victim.
"Ranger Jeter was asked to join the investigation as it developed into a multi-jurisdictional case," the press release stated.
"We feel there are more victims out there, and TCSO is asking for help," the press release stated. "If anyone has any information, contact us at (936) 642-0761.