3 Charged with Sexually Assaulting Children

Three East Texas men have been charged with numerous counts of aggravated sexual assault of children in indictments handed out in Harrison County.

In separate incidents 77 year old Clarence Nichols of Marshall , 35 year old Charles Jernigan of Marshall and 40 year old James Bumstead of Hallsville have been charged with molesting young children. Nichols was indicted on 3 counts of sexual assault for allegedly molesting 3 girls over a four year period. Jernigan is charged with molesting 2 children over several years. Bumstead is charged with sexually assaulting an 8 year old boy.

Though the cases are not connected, investigators say the children were victimized through the same technique. The men gained the childrens' trust before abusing them. The 3 men are free after posting bonds, and are awaiting trial dates.

Bob Hallmark reporting.