HOOKS, Texas -- A man from here who is accused of repeatedly molesting a 12-year-old girl has been charged in Bowie County with continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.
Daniel Joseph Henson, 39, has also been charged with prohibited sexual conduct. Henson was arrested on the charges last week and released Friday after posting bonds totaling $200,000.
Henson came to the attention of Hooks Police Department investigators at about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26, according to a probable cause affidavit. Henson allegedly admitted to a family member that day that he had been sexually inappropriate with the girl beginning in July 2020 when the girl was 12.
Henson allegedly claimed that the "hormones and testosterone he has been taking had him messed up," the affidavit states.
A family member was allegedly led to question Henson after he became tearful and emotional at a church service. The girl allegedly described many instances of abuse by Henson in 2020 and 2021.
If convicted of the continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, Henson faces 25 to 99 years or life in prison. There is no parole from any sentence imposed for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Henson has also been charged with prohibited sexual conduct. If convicted of that offense, Henson faces two to 10 years in prison.
The case has been assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller.