Ken Paxton

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Statement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Earlier today, the Schleicher County Grand Jury indicted three additional individuals on sexual assault charges. All three suspects are associated with the polygamist compound near Eldorado.

The three suspects were indicted for sexually assaulting children. Each of those suspects faces one felony count of sexual assault of a child and two of the suspects each face an additional first-degree felony charge of bigamy.

The indictments issued today are part of an ongoing and continuing criminal investigation.

I want to thank the Texas Rangers, who are the leading this investigation, and the criminal investigators with the Office of the Attorney General, for their outstanding work on this case. For months, dedicated men and women from our Cyber Crimes, Fugitive and Special Investigations Units have literally been living in San Angelo, commuting home to their families on weekends. I also want to thank Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran for his assistance with this matter.

Today's charges reflect a cooperative effort between the Texas Attorney General's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, 51st Judicial District Attorney Steve Lupton, and the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Richard B. Roper.

Because law enforcement authorities are still reviewing the arrest warrants issued today, further information about the indictments cannot be released at this time.