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Bond set at $110K in child sex case

By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com
Feb. 26, 2014 at 10 p.m.


A Gladewater man is being held on bonds totaling $110,000 after being charged with multiple child sex offenses.

Jeffrey Ray Willoughby, 27, appeared Wednesday morning before 188th District Court Judge David Brabham to hear the charges against him.

Acting on the recommendation of prosecutor Pamela Ibeh, Brabham set Willoughby's bond at $50,000 each on the two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 and $10,000 on a charge of forgery.

Willoughby said in court he did not understand what a bond or court-appointed counsel meant.

"This is my first time in jail," he told the judge. "I don't know about this bond stuff or whatever."

Ibeh asked that bond conditions include Willoughby have no contact with the children he's accused of abusing or their families or be in the presence of any minors without the presence of another adult.

She also asked that his conditions make clear he is not to solicit any third party to contact the victims for him.

"If you do make the bond, you are to have no contact with the victims," Brabham told Willoughby.

The charges stem from two indictments filed against Willoughby in December. The indictments allege he "committed two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 14 years old."

The charges are listed as continuous sexual assault of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child who, according to the indictment, was 8 at the time of the assault in April 2012.

A second indictment states Willoughby committed sexual assault against a child who was 11 at the time of the assaults. The indictment charges he assaulted the child multiple times from Jan. 19, 2012, to March 27, 2012.

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