Grayson Co. deputies arrest former cop, firefighter for indecency with child

Published: Jun. 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM CDT
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A former local police officer and firefighter was arrested by Grayson County sheriff's deputies for indecency with a child over the weekend.

The sheriff's department said there could be more victims.

Jeremy Stephenson of Denison was arrested Saturday when deputies and investigators responded to a sexual assault report.

Stephenson has since posted a $30,000 bond.

He previously worked as firefighter and police officer in counties near Grayson.

The 30-year-old was also involved at Real Life Church in Gainesville, where the pastor says he attended services and sometimes played drums.

"I was blown away by the news," said Real Life Church Pastor Charlie Pickett.

The news of Jeremy Stephenson's arrest for indecency with a child.

Pickett said Stephenson never worked with kids at the church.

"I feel 100 percent that nothing's happened on our properties," Pickett said.

Captain Sarah Bigham said Saturday a possible sexual assault was reported in Denison, and investigators found enough information from that incident to arrest Stephenson.

She said the victim is a girl younger than 14 years old.

"But we are interested to find out if this is his only victim or if there are other victims out there that their stories need to be told," Bigham said.

Bigham said Stephenson and the victim knew each other, they were invited to the same party.

Stephenson worked as a police officer in Frisco for two months in 2011, but Frisco Police said he resigned before finishing field training, so he never patrolled on his own.

He also worked for Bridgeport Police, just south of Gainesville, five years ago. The Bridgeport Police Chief said he was a patrol officer there for two weeks until he resigned for an unknown reason.

In 2014, he joined the Gainesville Fire Department as a firefighter and stayed for four years before quitting.

The Gainesville Fire Chief said he went McKinney to be a firefighter after that.

Bigham said he was neither a police officer or firefighter at the time of his arrest.

"I'm as shocked as anybody. The one thing you do is you pray to God it's not true," Pickett said.

Pickett said protecting kids is the number one priority at the church.

"For the parents, we're praying for them, we're praying for the girl, we're praying for all parties involved," Pickett said.

He said they run background checks on anyone who works with kids, and the kid's ministry is in a separate building to ensure security.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office said Stephenson had the injuries to his face before deputies arrived, and that it's being looked into as part of the investigation.

They're asking anyone who feels they've been a victim to come forward.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office criminal investigations division and speak with Investigator Robert Todd at 903-813-4200 ext 2243.