Kerrville Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of sexually assaulting another child Monday at the Kerrville Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Police said they were called to the Salvation Army-run center at 3:25 p.m. with a report of missing child. By the time officers arrived, the center’s staff had found the child.

In a news release, the Salvation Army said a parent reported their child was missing from a pool area at the Kroc Center. The Salvation Army said it followed it protocols, including calling the polices. 

Police said they were told by witnesses the suspect took the child against their will to a location inside the Kroc Center.

After conducting interviews and reviewing security camera footage, officers and criminal investigators arrested the suspect — found in the Kroc Center — who is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault on a child and indecency with a child, and additional charges may be pending. 

In a statement the Salvation Army said it is fully cooperating with the investigation. 

"The Salvation Army deeply regrets that this incident occurred, and remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of those involved in our programs," the statement read. "We are fully cooperating with the Kerrville Police Department regarding this incident. 

"We are unable to discuss the incident further as it involves minors, and the Kerrville Police Department is still investigating the matter."

The suspect remains in custody at a juvenile detention center.

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When will DA Wilke, Chief Knight and Sheriff Hierholzer and Mayor Blackburn start to address our epidemic of pedo crime here in Kerrville? Some action needs to be taken and the first step is to admit we have a problem, which they refuse to do. I think they are ignoring the problem because facing the truth and taking action would be a chamber of commerce nightmare. Who would want to send their kids to summer camp in this county if the leaders admitted the problem? The position of Wilke, Knight, Hierholzer and Blackburn reminds of the Mayor in the movie Jaws. DA Wilke was recently asked by the KDT about our incidence of pedo crime, and she took the position that our child molest**ion and pedo crime rate is normal. We have a real and serious failure of leadership in this County and our children are paying the price.


Since our local leaders can't come up with any ideas to combat this off the chart epidemic, let me provide some ideas. #1) When local pedos have the urge to act out, there needs to be some medium for them to seek anonymous, immediate counseling. We have this in spades for drugs, alcohol and gambling. #2) The county should fund long term, anonymous treatment for those with this inclination #3) There needs to be awareness / prevention training available to parents and their children who voluntarily desire to participate. None of this will happen until we admit there is a problem, and that is most disgusting part. We sit back and do nothing while this happens over and over and over, and it just keeps getting worse and more frequent.

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