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Longview man gets 11 life sentences for child sex assault

By Robin Y. Richardson
Jan. 10, 2017 at 11:10 a.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

Edwin Craig Volcik (Harrison County Jail photo)

A Longview man, accused of sexually assaulting about a dozen young girls, received 11 life sentences Tuesday in Harrison County’s 71st District Court.

Edwin Craig Volcik, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child in front of Judge Brad Morin. According to the indictment in Volcik’s case, all victims were younger than 14.

“I’m very happy with the outcome,” Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon said. “This is a good resolution to a case.”

Volcik, 47, was arrested in January 2015 at his home in the Harrison County portion of Longview on charges of sexual assault of a child. The arrest came after a lengthy investigation led by federal officials, who were investigating him for child pornography.

“An investigation by Homeland Security led them and us to this location regarding child pornography, and upon our investigation at the residence there was evidence that indicated that there was more than just pornography,” Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool has previously said. “We believed there had possibly been sexual assaults with some of these children.”

According to the indictment, the sexual abuse took place on March 8, 2014; June 17, 2014; Aug. 24, 2014; and Jan. 27, 2015.

A probable cause for arrest shows that the sheriff’s office assisted the Dallas Homeland Security Investigations agents in a search warrant at Volcik’s home for manufacturing of child pornography. Harrison County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Homeland Security agents interviewed Volcik, who admitted that he gave Benadryl to several young girls under the age of 15 and photographed and or videotaped their private areas while they slept.

“He later admitted to sending the photos and/or videos to people via the internet,” the report reads.

The report further states that Volcik also admitted to sexually assaulting one of the girls after giving her the medication, which made her fall asleep.

Volcik will receive credit for time he’s already served in the case, dating back to his arrest in 2015. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.



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