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AG's office files sex assault charge on Grapeland man

Aaron Wade Pennington Aaron Wade Pennington

GRAPELAND, Texas (KTRE) - The state attorney general's office has filed a sexual assault charge on a former Grapeland city councilman in connection to a previous child pornography charge.

The office made the arrest on Aaron Wade Pennington, 30, Tuesday night on a charge of sexual assault of a child.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Grapeland Police officer conducted a traffic stop with a 15-year-old boy, who said he was playing video games at Pennington's house.

Grapeland Police decided then to investigate claims that Pennington was involved in sexual exploits with boys. Police interviewed the boy, who said he had been involved in a sexual relationship with Pennington since 2010.

Police interviewed Pennington, who confessed to having mutual intercourse with the boy on 10 separate occasions, according to the affidavit.

When police conducted a search warrant in April, they recovered multiple images of the boy posing nude, which allowed them to arrest Pennington earlier this month on the child pornography charge.

Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar said Grapeland Police Department requested assistance from the attorney general's office because the police department does not have the resources to investigate a cyber crime.

Kaspar said there is a concern that with Pennington having been a public official in a small-town and being a part of a well-known family, that it may be tough to get an impartial jury.

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