A North Carolina man remains in jail accused of sexually abusing a child over an eight-year period in Smith County, documents show.
Alan Felton, 49, of Sylva, North Carolina was booked Wednesday into the Smith County Jail on charges of sexual assault of a child and continuous sexual assault of a child younger than 14. His bonds total $1.75 million.
According to an arrest affidavit, a teen reported she was sexually assaulted and that the abuse started as early as when she was 6 years old.
In an interview with police, Felton denied the accusations, according to the document.
Felton, who moved to North Carolina from Tyler, is a convicted sex offender. He was convicted in 1999 for aggravated sexual assault of child and indecency with a child by sexual contact, the affidavit stated.
A prayer service for first responders, city leaders and members of the military is set for this evening in Waskom.
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church at 465 S. Eberle Street. Organizers said the public is invited to the outside event, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, to wear masks and to social distance.
“Our heroes are under fire, and we wanted to let them know that we love and support them,” the Rev. Doug Lovett, pastor at the church, said.
Waskom Volunteer Fire Department Chief Murf King, police Chief Westy Meisenheimer and Mayor Jesse Moore are scheduled to attend the event.