A Bowie County grand jury indicted a man last week for the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl.
Jesse Joseph Hines, 33, was also indicted for evading arrest in a vehicle. According to a probable cause affidavit, Hines was sleeping in his van in front of the home where the girl lived on County Road 3102.
A member of the girl’s family reported April 28 that Hines had shown the girl pornographic videos on his cell phone, had touched himself in front of her and had sexually assaulted her. Investigators determined that Hines stayed in his van in front of the home during the first week of March.
On the evening of April 30, an adult living in the house with the alleged victim called 911 when Hines showed up at the house in his van. Bowie County Sheriff’s Deputies searched for Hines after he ran into a wooded area but were not able to find him. Just a few minutes after midnight May 1, a deputy spotted Hines’ van turning from Highway 82 onto the eastbound ramp of Interstate 30.
The vehicle had stopped and a deputy pulled up behind the van and activated emergency lights “so I could identify the subject and advise him to stay away from that location on CR 3102.”
As the deputy was providing his location to a dispatcher, Hines drove away, stopping after about a mile. When the deputy approached Hines he was holding a can of compressed air which he had allegedly been huffing. Used and unused cans of compressed air were found in the van.
Hines was indicted Thursday for aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by exposure and for evading in a vehicle.
Aggravated sexual assault of a child is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.