James Lee Gaona. Photo provided by KJAS, Jasper, TX

KJAS in Jasper is reporting that a Newton man has been arrested and is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with his step-daughter from age 4 to her current age of 12. A police report says that the alleged crime was accidentally discovered when explicit text messages were found on a computer.

James Lee Gaona, 49, was arrested on August 24, 2019, and remains in the Newton County Jail after being charged with sexual abuse of a child-continuous, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and indecency with a child. Bond was set at $200,000.00.

Gaona's ex-wife reported the event to the police on July 14, 2019, after she discovered inappropriate texts between his step daughter and a 12 year old male classmate. Further investigation revealed texts with the step-father that were sexual in nature.

The child was taken to The Garth House in Beaumont for forensic interviews where she revealed the details of the contact. When asked to estimate how many times it had occurred the answer was “too many times to count”.

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