Sexual assault suspect receives more indictments

| June 17, 2022 | Reply

By Mary Jane Farmer for The Van Alstyne News, Scene In Town

NOTE:  An indictment is a formal charge, and not proof of guilt.

Van Alstyne Police Department’s charges against a sexual assault suspect have now increased through the Grayson County Grand Jury’s recent addition of four more indictments.

Koby Ryan Rhoden, age 24 and of Denison, now has, as of June 8, four more indictments on Sexual Assault of a Child. This brings the total of indictments on this suspect to seven counts of sexual assault of a child, 2 counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, and 1 count of attempted sexual assault of a child.

Police Lt. Steven Hayslip said that any other possible victims of Rhoden please let police know about those. Anyone can contact police 903-482-5251.

Rhoden was out of jail on bail for theft of property between $2,500-$750 when Van Alstyne Police jailed him on Jan. 21, and that bondsman has removed himself/the company from it.

Sherman police have also jailed him in two sexual assault charges, but it’s not known if these have gone through the Grand Jury.

It was Van Alstyne Police and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office who investigated the several reports they had of sexual assault and found enough evidence to obtain arrest warrants against Rhoden. After that initial jailing, three more victims reportedly came forward, Hayslip said.

These charges are, according to the Texas Penal Code, first-degree and second-degree felonies with possible penalties, if found guilty, of up to life imprisonment.

Rhoden remains in Grayson County Jail in lieu of bail set at a total of more than $2,500,000.


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