A Texas Little League umpire has threatened to cut the victim’s throat after sexually assaulting a child.

ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) – A Robinson man who works as a Little League umpire was out on bail last week before McLennan County Sheriff’s deputies filed more serious charges the next day of allegedly sexually abusing a child.

Thomas Eber Owen, 60, an employee of a Waco industrial sweeper manufacturer, was jailed on $700,000 bail after he was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting a family member over two years and threatening to cut her throat if she reported it. .

McLennan County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Owen on Nov. 3 on charges of indecency with a minor with exposure and display of harmful material. According to the arrestee, this charge also includes a family member.

While investigating the allegations, Sheriff’s Office investigators learned that Owen had been investigated by Robinson police in 2015 after allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old family member. The girl told child protective services officials that Owen “touched her privates,” according to the affidavit. However, the girl did not repeat the allegations during a court interview, and Robinson police closed the case, the affidavit said.

After Owen was arrested Thursday on allegations by a 13-year-old family member that Owen “repeatedly” viewed pornography on his phone and masturbated in front of the boy, deputies interviewed another family member, now 18.

She reported that Owen sexually assaulted her more than 100 times between the time she was in the third grade and the fifth grade.

“When it happened, she went mad and hit Owen, who responded by saying he would cut her throat if she told anyone.”

Deputies reviewed text messages between Owen and the woman and found a message that read: “CPS is talking to you. Someone accused me of ——- in front of children and watching porn. Please ass cover me up and don’t talk about the past, please I beg you.”

Detective Joseph Scaramucci said Owen told deputies after his arrest that he worked as a judge for Little.

Owen faces a minimum of 25 years and up to life in prison if convicted of aggravated child sexual abuse.


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