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Sex offender caught taking improper pictures in LeTourneau dorm

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
Nov. 27, 2011 at 10 p.m.


A 51-year-old Kilgore registered sex offender is in jail after police say he broke into a LeTourneau University men's dormitory and tried to take improper pictures.

Robert Roy "Trey" Saurenmann III remained in the Gregg County Jail on $10,000 bond Sunday following his arrest about 4:35 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries reported, and it was not immediately clear what or where in the Tyler Residence Hall that he was trying to photograph.

"I think they are trying to still find out what he was trying to do with the photography," Longview police Sgt. James Bettis said.

LeTourneau University Police Chief Terry Turner credited his department, Longview police and students living in the residence hall for their help in apprehending Saurenmann.

"It is unclear at this time how the man gained entrance into the building, which requires card-key security access," Turner said, "and we will continue to investigate. We have no indication that any students were harmed in any way, nor was any property reported stolen."

LeTourneau University spokesman Janet Ragland said Saurenmann is neither a student nor employee at the campus.

Saurenmann has been in the Gregg County Jail more than two dozen times since 1985 on charges ranging from aggravated kidnapping to drug possession. In 2001, he was convicted of indecency with a child and served a six-year prison sentence.

Kilgore police arrested Saurenmann on Sept. 24 for indecent exposure. He was released the next day on $1,000 bond.

A trial on his indecent exposure charge is set for Jan. 17 in Gregg County Court-at-Law No. 1. He has already served a two-year probation sentence for a 2008 indecent exposure conviction also in Gregg County.

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