Premont man arrested in connection with sexual assault of a child

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

PREMONT - A runaway investigation by Premont police led to the arrest of 18-year-old Steven Moore on allegations he sexually assaulted a child.

On Friday, Feb. 19 at around 1:50 a.m. Officers David Gutierrez, Brenda Ligas and Robert Longoria were called to a home on the 200 block of NW First Street in reference to a teenage girl  that ran away from home.

Premont police arrested 18-year-old Steven Moore for sexual assault of a child, second degree felony, and enticing a child, a third degree felony.

Upon further investigation the teen, 16, was found at Moore's residence.

The  teen told officers that she and Moore had engaged in sexual activity, Premont Chief Richard Nava said.

Later in the investigation, Moore "admitted" to officers that he and the teen "did perform sexual acts," Nava said.

Moore was placed under arrest on suspicion of  sexual assault of a child, a second degree felony, and enticing a child, a third degree felony. He was  taken to the Jim Wells County jail.

Moore was given a total bond of $150,000. The case remains under investigation.