Donnie Howard

A Crawford High School senior was arrested Monday on multiple felony charges of possession of child pornography and sexual assault of a child after authorities became aware of sexual abuse allegations in April, Crawford Police Chief Clay Bruton said.

Donnie Wayne Howard, 17, was arrested on three charges of possession of child pornography, one count of promotion of child pornography and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to arrest affadvits, Howard allegedly filmed and took photographs of a 6-year-old female and an 8-year-old boy performing sexual acts with him and shared the images on social media instant messaging app Kik.

According to court documents, Crawford police received information from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services about an incident involving Howard and the young victims. Forsenic interviews of both children were conducted and detailed the alleged sexual abuse.

Both victims alleged that Howard had taken photos of them with his cellphone while the children were naked. Howard allegedly also took video and photographs of the sexual encounters with the male victim.

“During the forsenic interview, (a victim) described how Howard had threatened to hit him with his fist if he told anyone about what happened,” court documents stated.

During the investigation, Bruton reported that he met with Howard at Crawford High School for an interview on April 28. After waiving his Miranda rights, Howard admitted to taking photos and sending the photos to other people through a social media app, Burton said.

“He stated that he sent the pictures to someone he was chatting with on Kik,” the arrest affadavit stated. “Howard stated that he remembered it was on a Sunday, because he had just returned from church.”

The alleged abuse happened more than once and at several different locations, the arrest warrant stated.

Howard remained in McLennan County Jail on Monday on bonds totaling $1.25 million.

“We are very proud, because whenever you are about to make an arrest in any investigation, that is the goal,” Bruton said. “There is more investigation into this, so this is still ongoing.”

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