Hopkins County man faces charges of sex assault of child

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 19, 2007 - A 47-year-old Hopkins County man has been charged on six counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child involving his daughter.

Bond was set at $50,000 on each charge for Christopher Vernon Moore, who was arrested Thursday after being interviewed by Hopkins County sheriff's investigators.

HCSO Investigators Lewis Tatum and Charles Humphries were contacted that day regarding the allegations that Moore in the summer of 2006 had sexually assaulted his then 12-year-old daughter.

Authorities said Child Protective Services had been contacted by a teacher after the child confided what had happened.

Sheriff’s officers contacted Moore Thursday, who agreed to talk to the investigators and did so Thursday evening. During the course of the interview, he admitted to Tatum and Humphries that he had sexually assaulted his daughter on several occasions, according to reports. He was booked into the county jail for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony offense, while authorities continued an investigation that led to additional charges later on.

Other children in the home were taken to the child advocacy center in Paris and interviewed, but there were no other indications of any impropriety.

Shari Pulliam, public information officer for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, also said the mother of the child acted appropriately.

�The mother reacted very appropriately and is very supportive of her daughter,� said Pulliam. "She reports no knowledge of the actions."

District Attorney Martin Braddy echoed those sentiments.

�It looks like the adopted mother took the appropriate steps a mother would take to protect her children,� Braddy said. �She has been completely cooperative through the process.�

Local officials said that a background check showed no indicators of any previous criminal history or reports which would have flagged Moore as a threat to the children.

�There is no history that we are aware of, no other offenses," Braddy said. "This was isolated to the one child, all during the summer of �06 while the child was out of school."

Pulliam said CPS will conduct a thorough investigation of Moore and the entire family, and will be offering counseling services to the entire family as well as any other help and support services available.

�We�ll do everything we can to make sure the 13-year-old gets all the help she can,� she said.

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