HCSO arrests three on child sex charges
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Nov 15, 2007 - The process law enforcement must follow in any sexual assault case involving children is generally lengthy, from interviewing the person reporting the crime, to having the child interviewed and examined by forensics and sex assault specialists, and waiting for warrants to be issued.
That’s what makes Wednesday’s case different from most — the process from initial report to arrest took less than 3 hours.
Hopkins County sheriff’s officers began an investigation about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday when a woman asked to speak with an officer regarding allegations of child sexual abuse.
She told Cpl. Daniel Winn that her 11-year-old child had told her she had been sexually assaulted.
Winn filled out an offense report at 4:48 p.m. of a sexual assault in Arbala, noting that the victim was referring to her stepfather, Manuel Acosta, when she said her “dad” sexually assaulted her. Winn then alerted Investigators Lewis Tatum and Charles Humphries, according to sheriff’s reports.
The investigators, along with Sgt. Victor Cosme, went to Acosta’s FM 1567 east residence. After speaking with Acosta, he admitted to having a sexual relationship with the stepdaughter. He was read his rights at 7:06 p.m., then taken to the sheriff’s office, where he again admitted to having sexual relations on four occasions with his stepdaughter. The allegations indicate the offenses occurred over the course of the last six months, according to Tatum.
Acosta, 38, was jailed for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
The mother was commended for reporting her daughter’s outcry of sexual abuse in short order.
Sheriff’s officers also arrested two other men Wednesday on warrants alleging child sex offenses.
Doudley Scott Maloy, 51, of Brashear was taken into custody at 11:55 p.m. at his State Highway 19 south residence by sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Hanna, Cpl. Eddie Moon and Sgt. Todd Evans on a first-degree felony warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child and two indecency with a child warrants, according to arrest reports.
Randy Jay Hofstetler, 21, of North Richland Hills was arrested at noon at the courthouse by Deputy Tanner Crump on two first-degree felony warrants for aggravated sexual assault of a child on Jan. 10. He was released later Wednesday after posting $25,000 bond per charge, according to arrest and jail reports.