Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 8, 2013

Rusk man arrested in connection with attack of a child

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A 37-year-old Rusk man alleged to have attacked a 10-year-old girl at a local lake during the July 4 holiday remained in custody in Jacksonville Jail Friday on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony, reports show.

Joey Lira Longoria will have to go before a judge a second time to re-establish his bond amount because the charge against him turned out to be worse than originally thought, Jacksonville Police Det. James Oden said Friday afternoon.

Originally, Longoria was arrested on a charge of indecency to a child — with bail originally set at $50,000 on the lesser charge. The judge will probably alter that bail amount, given the amended charge, authorities said.

The assault is alleged to have taken place in the Lake Jacksonville area prior to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The young girl managed to escape her assailant by claiming she needed to speak to a relative, reports show.

“First the girl went and talked to a relative, then to her mother about it,” Det. Oden explained. “When her dad showed up the guy was still there, cutting watermelon at the time with a kitchen knife at the concession stand. He wound up running away from the father and the family called for police. He did not resist arrest.”