Police identify suspect in weekend fondling incident; arrest warrant issued

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 4, 2007 - Authorities have identified the suspect accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl in Wal-Mart last weekend as a man who was arrested in August for the same crime at Paris Wal-Mart, according to Sulphur Springs Police Department Sgt. Detective David Gilmore.

Stanley Charles McGinnis

Police released a photo today of the suspect, 40-year-old Stanley Charles McGinnis, and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

McGinnis listed a Mount Pleasant address on official records, but is also noted to frequent Daingerfield, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Paris, and surrounding areas.

Police generally don't release a suspect's name, even when he is wanted on an outstanding warrant, but Gilmore said an exception was being made in this case for several reasons. For one, police have yet to apprehend him, and investigators hope someone will spot him and alert officers so he can be apprehended. Police also wanted to alert the public so that parents will be on the lookout so no other child can be victimized.

Based on descriptions of the suspect, SSPD Investigator Monty Tipps was able to draw a composite sketch of the suspect, which a Paris Police Department detective identified as the same man arrested last August for touching a child in Wal-Mart in Paris.

When the composite drawing was compared to the photo taken when McGinnis was arrested for indecency by fondling last year, the two were almost identical.

The case was filed with the Hopkins County district attorney's office, and a second-degree felony warrant for indecency with a child by contact was issued Wednesday. McGinnis is also wanted by Morris County authorities for an outstanding drug charge, Gilmore said.

Police are asking anyone with information about McGinnis' whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest law enforcement agency and give a description of the suspect, his clothing, the location he was seen at and any vehicles involved.

"Don't approach him," Gilmore said. “Call law enforcement. Anytime someone is wanted on a felony, I consider them dangerous. It's better to be on the safe side.”

If spotted in Sulphur Springs, call the police department, 903-885-7602, and in Hopkins County call the sheriff's office, 903-438-4040.

Other law enforcement agencies and personnel that assisted Gilmore in the investigation were Texas Department of Public Safety, Titus County Sheriff's Office and Texas Ranger Phillip Kemp.

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