State agency arrests Athens man for sexual assault of child

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Jul. 22—Updated Friday, July 23

The Texas Attorney General's Human Trafficking Unit arrested Jason Alan McCord, 50, of Athens, July 15, for sexual assault of a child. According to the Attorney General's Office, the charge comes after a request from a local Child Advocacy Center to investigate a child discovered to be a victim of sex trafficking.

During the investigation, it was discovered McCord was recording the assault on his cellphone. He was transported to the Henderson County Jail where his bond is set at $250,000.

In another case, Daniel Paul Stanberry, 43, of Athens, was arrested in Riverside County California on an outstanding warrant. The Human Trafficking Unit and the Arlington Fugitive Apprehension Unit attempted to locate him in Athens, but learned he was in Riverside. When contacted by Texas officials, Riverside Police Department officers arrested Stanberry on the next day, July 16.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. One involved a man who had warrants issued by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

Hayes Charles Smith, 70, was arrested in Irving on July 14. Smith had outstanding warrants for two counts of Human Trafficking issued by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and one count of Human Trafficking issued by the Irving Police Department.

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