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Ex-Harrison County officer faces more child sex charges

By by Robin Y. Richardson ryrichardson@news-journal.com
Feb. 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.


MARSHALL - A former Harrison County sheriff's deputy, arrested in September on two counts of sexual indecency with a child by contact and again in December on a third charge of sexual indecency with a child, has been arrested on two more sex charges.

According to police reports, Huey Edward "Eddie" Nichols Jr., 49, was arrested Friday for sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. According to jail records, bonds were set at $100,000 each on the new charges.

Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool confirmed that Nichols was still in the custody of Harrison County Jail as of Monday evening.

The Harrison County District Attorney's Office and Texas Ranger Jason Dudley, of Longview, have been the investigators in Nichols' cases.

Details of the new charges were not immediately available because county offices were closed Monday for the President's Day holiday.

The alleged victims in Nichols' first arrest are two girls, ages 14 and 11, who told a school counselor and authorities that Nichols touched them inappropriately. In Nichol's third charge, he is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl starting in January 2002.

Authorities learned of the accusations from the school counselor, who came forth with the information after Nichols and his wife were arrested in September on the other two cases.

Nichols was indicted for the third charge in January. He and his wife, 33-year-old Sharon Renee Nichols, were indicted on the first two charges this past October.

Nichols, who is also an ordained minister, was immediately terminated from the sheriff's office following the investigation in the first case. His wife was fired from her position as deputy county clerk a few days later.

Nichols worked with the sheriff's office for three-and-a-half years before his termination. Prior to his employment with the sheriff's office, he worked for Marshall Police Department as an officer for 13 years. While at MPD, he also served as the department's chaplain.

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