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story.lead_photo.caption Brandon Lee Loftin

A Texarkana, Texas, man who allegedly reported himself to police for sexual misconduct with a young girl was before a judge Wednesday in Bowie County.

Police were called Jan. 13 to a location in the 2100 block of State Line Avenue regarding a man who wanted to "confess a crime," according to a probable cause affidavit. Brandon Lee Loftin, 35, allegedly told officers he had molested a young female relative several years ago and he wanted to turn himself in.

Loftin was taken to the Bi-State Justice Building, where he met with investigators. He allegedly claimed he had taught a girl to perform oral sex when she was 5 or 6 years old at residences in Texarkana and New Boston, Texas. Loftin allegedly reported that the girl now lives with her mother out of state.

Local investigators contacted state troopers, who arranged for the girl to be interviewed at a Children's Advocacy Center. The girl allegedly confirmed what Loftin had confessed and described being sexually abused by Loftin from the time she was in kindergarten until she was about 10 years old.

Loftin appeared Wednesday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell for his first pre-indictment hearing.

First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said she doesn't expect the case to be quickly resolved with a plea bargain and requested it be sent to the Bowie County grand jury for consideration.

Loftin is being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $250,000. He will be scheduled to return to court if a grand jury returns an indictment. Bowie County's grand jury is scheduled to meet again in April.

Should Loftin be indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, he could face 25 to 99 years or life in prison. If a grand jury returns an indictment for the continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, he could face 25 to 99 or life without the possibility of parole from any sentence imposed.

 

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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