Carthage School Employee Arrested for Sexual Assault

An elderly East Texas former school employee from Panola County has been arrested on charges of sexual assault and indecency with a child. School officials say he was a trusted employee of the Carthage school district for 22 years.

But his arrest has opened up an investigation into child molestation that may span three decades. 65 year old Hubbard Hooper Harris worked as a bus driver for many years, and later as a dispatcher. In November, a 10 year old girl told sheriff deputies Harris had sexually abused her in the school districts bus barn. He was arrested and bonded out, and at that point the district moved him to a position where he wouldn't have contact with children.

But, he was arrested again in February after a second victim came forward. She said Harris had molested her several times in 1993. Sheriff's deputies say since his arrest numerous other victims have come forward, some claiming he had molested them more than ten years ago when he was a bus driver. Sheriff deputies have information he molested children at work and at his home over a 30 year period. Investigators say theres no telling how many children were his victims over the years. Harris remains in the Panola county jail.  His case will go before the grand jury next month.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.