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Bowie County man indicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child

Alleged victim said Sunday was her ‘safe day’ by Lynn LaRowe | October 17, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

BOWIE COUNTY, Texas --A man who allegedly abused a young girl for years at residences in Maud and New Boston, Texas, has been indicted by a Bowie County grand jury for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

Paul Chapin, 50, allegedly had access to a girl he is accused of sexually abusing from the age of 11 to age 17 because he lived with someone close to her, according to a probable cause affidavit. The alleged victim reportedly told a forensic interviewer in another state that Sundays were the day when she felt safe because her family members were always at home that one day a week.

Chapin allegedly abused the girl from 2014 to 2019.

Chapin allegedly abused the girl sexually during times when the adults in her family were working. The girl reported that Chapin would regularly abuse her before she left for school in the morning.

A Bowie County grand jury indicted Chapin Thursday for continuous sexual abuse of a child and three counts of sexual assault of a child.

If convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child, Chapin faces 25 to 99 years or life in prison with no opportunity for parole. If convicted of sexual assault of a child, Chapin faces two to 20 years in prison on each of three counts.

Chapin is currently being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $100,000.

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