|Donald Edward Huse|
By Howard Roden
Two former Montgomery County employees have been arrested and charged for allegedly committing sexual crimes that involve children.
Donald Edward Huse, 50 of The Woodlands, is currently in the Montgomery County Jail on bond of $250,000 for online solicitation of a minor. Huse was an employee in the 359th state District Drug/DWI court program.
Meanwhile, Billy Ray Duncan, 50, of Conroe, is charged on felony counts of sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and improper photography. Duncan was a jailer with the county for 12 years. He was arrested on July 2, and is out on bail.
Terminated from his position with the Sheriff’s Office following his arrest, Duncan never presented any “disciplinary actions,” said Randy McDaniel, MSCO deputy chief.
Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony with a prison ranges of two years to 20 year. Indecency with a child (sexual contact) also is a second-degree felony.
Improper photography is a state jail felony, punishable between 180 days to two years.
Investigators with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force claim Huse was allegedly cruising the social networking sites when he made contract with a task force investigator posing as a 16-year-old boy.
Early in their conversation, the investigator discovered the person he was chatting with was in the same building, only 149 feet away.
The Conroe Police Department’s arrest record states Huse admitted to chatting with the investigator, and agreed to meet with a boy in a restroom on the third floor of the Lee Alworth Building, 207 West Philips in Conroe.
Once in custody, Huse said he did not have intentions of having sex, but just wanted to talk with who he thought was a 16-year-old boy, the arrest record stated. Investigators said Huse could not explain why he spoke to a person he believed to be a 16-year-old child about having sex in the bathroom, the arrest record stated.
|Billy Ray Duncan|
County Attorney JD Lambright said Huse participated in the DWI/Drug program, and was hired as a receptionist in the 359th Drug Court, Lambright said.
Lambright said Huse underwent a background check before being hired full time by the county. Hired on May 7, Huse was terminated by the county Monday from the county jail.
“The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force continues to yield excellent results,” District Attorney Brett Ligon said from a press release. “The work that our investigators, as well as officers from the Conroe Police Department and the Precinct 3, 4 and 5 Constable’s Offices, are doing is critical to protecting the children of this county."
“There will be more arrests as we continue to hunt down these predators in our efforts to make Montgomery County a no fly zone for sex offenders,” he added.