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Bonds set at $200,000 in sexual assault case

LIVINGSTON – A 19-year-old Corrigan man was being held in the Polk County Jail under bonds totaling $200,000 last week after being charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child.

Nicholas Lee Waters was booked into the local jail on Wednesday, Feb. 24, after being taken into custody in Iowa. According to Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack, Waters waived extradition procedures and agreed to return to Texas.

Hammack said sheriff’s detectives launched an investigation on Jan. 31 concerning reports that a 7-year-old male had been sexually molested. Through forensic interviews conducted by Childrenz Haven, Polk County’s child advocacy center, detectives discovered there was and additional 14-year-old male victim.

During the investigation, detectives obtained enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant charging Waters with aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with the 7-year-old victim. A charge of sexual assault of a child was subsequently filed in connection with the 14-year-old.

Because the suspect had moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, Polk County detectives obtained the assistance of the Shenandoah Police Department and arrested Waters. During interviews in Iowa, Hammack said Waters provided a voluntary statement regarding his involvement with both victims.

Hammack said detectives do not have knowledge of any additional victims in the case but said if parents suspect their child or any child could have been victimized they should contact Lt. Craig Finegan at 936-329-9028.