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ETX deputy and wife arrested for not reporting the sexual assault of 3 children

Editor's note: We are not releasing the identity of the people arrested in this case in order to protect the identity of the abuse victims. 

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County Sheriff's Office investigator and his wife have been arrested for failing to report the sexual assault of three children.

The investigator and his wife were booked into the Smith County jail and released on $7,500 bonds, each. His wife is a former dispatcher for Smith County.

A November investigation by the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed the assault.

In an arrest warrant affidavit, Texas Ranger Brent Davis interviewed two of the victims about the aggravated sexual assault allegations.

In forensic interviews conducted at the Smith County Child Advocacy Center, the two victims stated that they had been sexually assaulted multiple times by their 15-year-old brother.

In a statement prepared by the Smith County Sheriff's Office investigator, he told Texas Rangers that their 15-year-old son had admitted to performing the sexual acts on his siblings. According to paperwork, the investigator's wife had also been informed that the 15-year-old boy sexually assaulted a male child multiple times on the school bus and in the bathroom of the school band hall.

When Texas Rangers interviewed the 15-year-old boy, he admitted to the behavior, stating it happened throughout the summer of 2012 and as recently as October.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the sexual assault of two of the children occurred at the home of the Smith County investigator and his wife.

The investigator and his wife also told Texas Rangers that they were both aware of the sexual assaults the 15-year-old had committed and had failed to report the offenses.

The sexual offenses were first brought to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services's attention through an anonymous call. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services then contacted the Smith County Sheriff's office about the allegations.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office says the investigator who failed to report the sexual assaults resigned last week.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says the 15-year-old boy has been removed from the family home, but that his siblings are still being cared for by their parents because they were released on bond.

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