A Texarkana, Texas, man was arrested Thursday for the alleged sexual abuse of four different girls.
Timothy Paul Wilder Sr. was taken into custody just a few hours after four separate indictments were handed down by a Bowie County grand jury. The indictments charge Wilder with three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact.
All of the victims are allegedly related to Wilder through marriage and reportedly spent nights at his home. One indictment accuses Wilder of abusing a girl from 2009 to 2013. Another indictment alleges abuse of a second girl from 2012 to 2015. A third indictment alleges abuse of a young girl from 2008 to 2010 and a fourth indictment alleges sexual abuse of a girl beginning in 2009 to 2011.
Continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 is punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison and there is no parole allowed from any sentence for the crime. Aggravated sexual assault of a child is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison. Indecency with a child by contact is punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
Court records show Wilder was arrested in 2017 for aggravated sexual assault of a child but that the case was dismissed later that year.
Wilder’s cases have been assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards are prosecuting. No attorney of record is currently listed for Wilder.
The case is being investigated by the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department.