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2 men jailed for improper relations with 13-year-olds

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Two men remained in Hopkins County jail early Monday morning on sex-related charges stemming from an incident involving two 13-year-olds reported to have occurred early Saturday morning at a local hotel.

 

Adam Cole Ford, 17, of Sulphur Springs was arrested Saturday after confessing to aggravated sexual assault of child, a first degree felony offense. Sean Michael Brown, 26, of Eugene, Ore., was arrested on a warrant for indecency with a child, a second-degree felony offense.

According to Sulphur Springs Police Investigator David Gilmore, the case, subsequent investigation and arrests happened within a short span of time Saturday. Police were first alerted to the incident Saturday morning. One of the 13-year-old’s parents contacted police Saturday morning alleging sexual assault of her child very early Saturday morning at LaQuinta Inn.

Patrol officers responded to the hotel where the incident was said to have occurred and the two suspects were thought to be. They in turn contacted detectives, who responded. Investigators talked to both Brown and Ford, coworkers whose job requires them to travel to various states.

Brown spoke to police, then was released. Ford, while being interviewed, confessed to Gilmore that he’d had sexual intercourse with a child younger than 14 years of age at the hotel. He was jailed Saturday afternoon on the first-degree felony charge.

“The ages of the victims came into play,” Gilmore explained Monday morning. “With the current laws, we were able to do stuff that some years ago we could not. We contacted the district attorney’s office. DA Will Ramsey came down Saturday and drew up the paperwork and arrest warrant. Judge Yvonne King was contacted and came in to sign it. A lot of agencies collaborated to get these guys arrested in short order. We appreciate all their assistance, especially on a weekend,” Gilmore said. 

The investigator stressed that the incident, although occurring at a hotel and involving at least one out-of-state resident, was not a stranger abduction type situation. The 13-year-olds knew Ford. 

Gilmore said evidence was recovered which corroborated information they’d garnered from at least one victim and one defendant, giving police what they believe to be “good handle on what happened.”

 

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