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8/17/06-Longview

Gregg County Teens Arrested, Accused Of Sex Crimes

     2 Gregg County teenagers and a 12 year old boy are arrested, accused of sexually abusing as many as 4 children. 17 year old Roy Austin Hughey and 17 year old Kevin O'Neill Martin of Liberty City were booked into the Gregg County Jail on charges of felony indecency with a child and sexual contact.   The 12-year old was also charged with indecency with a child, he's in the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center.

   For the town of Liberty City, the arrests of two teens and a 12 year old boy for sex crimes against other children, has rocked their quiet small town life.

     "We're a small community we shouldn't have to tolerate this stuff" said grandparent Curtis Clifford.

    Many in the community knew Roy Hughey, Kevin Martin, and the juvenile, and say they can't believe it.

     "I felt shock, not that anything has been proven yet but I know one of the children and this just doesn't happen in a small town" said parent Kathy Lee of Liberty City.

     As many as 4 children are suspected victims, according to arrest affidavits "Hughey" allegedly sexually assaulted a little girl at a Gregg County residence on June 4th. Martin allegedly sexually assaulted a little boy at a residence on July 17th. The affidavit says he later admitted having sex with the child. Investigators say there are numerous incidents like these that cover a long time.

     "During the course of the investigation information has come forward of complaints and allegations that cover an approximate 3 year period of time" said Captain Ken Hartley of the Gregg County Sheriffs Office.  

       The arrests have many in the community angry.

     "I don't want anything like this to happen to one of my babies, something needs to be done put them in jail" said Clifford.

    The sheriff's office has not released what connection the 3 have in the cases, but say they're sure there are no more victims.

   "Investigators have received information that did not identify new or other victims" Hartley said.

     One of the suspects, Kevin O'Neill Martin has bonded out of the Gregg County Jail, he's been moved to an alternative campus at Sabine Schools.

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