Accused child molester arrested in Stonewall

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

Stonewall police chief Jason Teel received an anonymous tip that an accused child molester was living just two blocks from downtown.

He did some checking and it turns out the tip was correct. The fugitive had been in town for sometime using a different name.

Teel arrested Troy Jernigan, 52, from his home in the 200 block of North Harrison Tuesday.

Neighbors knew him as George Ford, but that's an alias he adopted in 1996 after he was arrested for molesting a ten-year-old boy in Temple, Texas.

He posted a $25,000 bond, then took off, first fleeing to Las Vegas, then California, and finally Stonewall.

Police say he managed to stay under the radar because he never obtained a driver's license, held a steady job, or got into trouble with the law.

Jernigan was booked into the Pontotoc County Jail on Tuesday, but he agreed to be extradited back to Bell County, Texas, where he'll face charges.


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  • by harrison residents Location: sherman on Apr 27, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    I guarntee if its a cop child or mayor or judge that if it was there child this man would not have been on the loose this long and its crazy I know the court system is all messed up. I do believe that we need to step back and look at what we are doing when it comes to sentencing people for certain crimes. Stealing a 4 wheeler and he got 50 years. Well I guarntee if I was a movie star and lived in Oklahoma I would just had to pay a fine. This is crazy our world is what makes people the way they are. A drug dealer gets less time the someone who steals a 4 wheeler and If we where to kill someone we would get less then that, or maybe not depends who you are where your at and political drama is going on at the time.
  • by Brandon(dad, 2y/o son) Location: Sherman, TX on Apr 26, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    I honestly think that the majority of the law and legal system holds way to many loop holes and isn't holding up the way it was originally established too. I sometime wonder who REALLY makes the laws. They really need to step outside the circle and re look at things.
  • by ANOTHER CONCERNED MOM Location: TEXAS on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:08 PM
    I AGREE COMPLETELY WITH SHERMAN MOM AND CHARLIE!! IF IT HAPPENED TO MY CHILD OR GRANDCHILD.............I WOULDN'T NEED THE POLICE TO HANDLE IT. WONDER HOW MUCH TIME I WOULD GET FOR HANDLING IT MYSELF? PROBABLY MORE THAN HE WILL.
  • by Susie Location: Texas on Apr 26, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    My brother is in an Oklahoma prison for thief. Grated its not right and was not the first time... BUT he got more time from Coal Couny for stealing a 4 wheeler (50 years) which is more than any child molester gets and sometimes more than a murderer. So what is wrong with our courts system?
  • by HARRISON RESIDENTS Location: SHERMAN on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    THAT IS CRAZY THIS MAN LIVED ON THE SAME STREET AS ME AND THE COPS ARE ALWAYS RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE STREET THEY ARE JUST NOW FINDING HIM THAT REASSURING
  • by Charlie Location: Texas on Apr 25, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    Glad they finally caught the bastard! If it had been one on my kids or grandkids, he would have given up a long time ago for fearing I would catch him first. Agree....the whole court system needs to be fixed.
  • by SHERMAN MOM Location: SHERMAN on Apr 25, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    IF A PERSON IS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE TO A CHILD WHY DO WE LET THEM OUT UNTIL COURT DATE, JUST LIKE DRUG DEALERS WE KEEP THEM FOR EVER OR EITHER LET THEM OUT. AND WE KEEP PICKING UP THE SAME PEOPLE FOR THE SAME THING AND THEY GO TO JAIL AND GET OUT AND OVER AND OVER BUT SOME THAT SEXUAL MOLESTED A CHILD WE COULDN'T HOLD HIM UNTIL HIS COURT DATE COME ON THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD
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