By Sarah Thomas
A former Longview police officer was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges he sexually assaulted a child in late December.
Leland Thomas Carver, 69, was booked into jail about 5:30 p.m. on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Gregg County Jail records.
His bond has been set at $50,000, jail records show.
Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian was unable to provide the specifics of Carver’s employment but confirmed he retired from the Longview Police Department more than 10 years ago.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office, Carver assaulted the child while she spent time visiting him at his home.
The report, written by detective Audrey Wright, states the child was in the second grade when the abuse started.
Police said the child lives with her father in Louisiana.
A forensic interview was held Jan. 27 at the Gingerbread House in Shreveport and a video of the interview was sent to Wright, who reported the child described various sexual acts Carver made her perform.
The child told investigators she found inappropriate videos of herself on Carver’s cellphone, according to the report, and she waited to report the assault because Carver said she would be taken away from her family and “go to a place where they send kids who are bad” if anyone found out.