Granite Shoals man faces charges of child sexual assault and abuse

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

DUSTIN ALLEN BADGER

DUSTIN ALLEN BADGER

GRANITE SHOALS — A Granite Shoals man faces charges of sexual assault of a child after Child Protective Services alerted authorities about an accusation made by a youth under the age of 14, according to a Granite Shoals Police Department report.

Dustin Allen Badger, 27, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and sexual abuse of child-continuous (child under 14), the report stated.

On April 12, investigators worked with CPS during an interview potentially involving multiple “victims,” who accused the suspect of engaging in sexual contact with them.

During the course of the interviews, authorities tracked down Badger and arrested him on the sexual assault of a child charge.

He was taken to the Burnet County Jail, where he posted a $150,000 bond the following day.

Subsequently, investigators leveled the continuous abuse charge, a first-degree felony, against the suspect April 17.

Badger was arrested again and remains in the Burnet County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

“It’s still an active investigation that could yield more potential charges in the future, depending on the additional information we obtain,” Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears said.

Authorities said the children were acquainted with the suspect, who was not on the police radar.

“The reason we mention that he has no history of assaultive or sex offenses, we want the public to know there weren’t any signs where this could have been prevented,” Boshears said.

Police are interviewing at least two other children in the case, the report stated.

connie@thepicayune.com

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