By Chris Edwards
IVANHOE – An investigation last week resulted in an arrest of an Ivanhoe man and a charge against him of indecency with a child.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, last month, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office began to investigate a report made by a child’s guardian of indecency. The deputies, Weatherford said, were able to gather evidence, which included written, recorded and verbal statements, as well as text messages.
Weatherford said the deputies presented the evidence to Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe for an arrest warrant to serve to the suspect, Elijah Alexander Stone, 28. A search warrant was also issued for Stone’s personal cellphone.
Stone was arrested on Nov. 23 and booked into the Tyler County Justice Center on the charge of Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact.
Jobe set Stone’s bond at $50,000, and he remains in custody. The charge Stone faces is a second-degree felony, and if convicted, is punishable by a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, as well as a possible $10,000 fine.