LIVINGSTON – An additional charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child was filed last week against a 58-year-old former Livingston school employee who was jailed Wednesday, July 6, on charges of having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Herbert Nelson Lloyd, the former Livingston Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructor, was dismissed by he school district Friday following his arrest Wednesday on an indecency with a child by sexual contact charge. The arrest came as part of a joint investigation by the Livingston Police Department (LPD) and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
Lloyd had been held under a $500,000 bond on the initial charge but that was increased to a total of $600,000 when police filed the first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault complaint on Friday.
According to a statement issued by LPD, the second charge was filed based on evidence collected by investigators at Lloyd’s residence and from information provided by the suspects during interviews with police and sheriff’s detectives. The police statement said Lloyd confirmed to having “deviate sexual intercourse as described in the Texas Penal Code Section 21.01.”
Section 21.01 defines “deviate” sexual intercourse as either oral or anal sexual penetration or the use of an object for genital or anal penetration.
Lloyd was served the arrest warrant on the latest charge in the Polk County Jail where he was being held after his initial arrest.
The investigation began on Tuesday, July 5, when LPD officers were contacted by PCSO investigators regarding a tip that they had received alleging the JROTC instructor was having a sexual relationship with a student. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies then launched a joint criminal investigation into the allegations.
On July 6 a forensic interview of the 14-year-old student was conducted at the local Childrenz Haven child advocacy center. As the investigation continued throughout the day, investigators said they were able to determine the alleged sexual contact between the student and Lloyd occurred while on different campuses of the Livingston school district.
Based on the evidence investigators had collected at that point, Livingston Municipal Judge Mack Coats issued a warrant for the arrest of Lloyd on the second-degree felony charge. The suspect was taken into custody at 5 p.m. on July 6 at his residence.
The Livingston Independent School District has been cooperating with investigators and while they initially placed Lloyd on administrative leave following his arrest, that was changed to a formal dismissal Friday as investigators collected additional evidence and obtain a statement from the suspect.