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DeesDeesBy Chris Edwards
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DOUCETTE – A Doucette resident with a previous record of aggravated sexual assault of a child was arrested last week and charged with indecency with a child (sexual contact).

Johnathon Broussard Dees, age 46, was arrested by deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office. Dees was booked into the Tyler County Jail and bonded out the same day on a $75,000 bond on Wednesday, August 31.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry database, Dees is classified as a low-level offender, with a requirement for annual verification.

On his profile on the DPS database, Dees registered with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender in 2018.

At press time, the details of Dees’ arrest are unavailable.

Dees was previously convicted of a sex crime charge, and the case drew a high level of attention due to his career in law enforcement.

The charges stemmed from an investigation on an incident from 2006, where he was allegedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14, according to one account of his crime. He had worked as a sheriff’s deputy for both Jasper and Jefferson counties.

The four-month investigation that resulted in the charge was headed up by the Texas Rangers.

Dees was indicted in December of 2011 for the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. He took a plea bargain in 2016, and avoided jail, with seven years’ deferred adjudication, a $2,500 fine and 160 hours of community service, along with the lifetime sex offender registration requirement and a permanent surrender of his peace officer license.

According to statute, the charge Dees is faced with is a second-degree felony, and if convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

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