I’ve always wondered what the thought process is of people who sexually assault young children.

Is it that they can’t find anyone their age to date? Are they just drawn to people who are easy to manipulate or subdue, or what?

Whatever their twisted thinking, it’s quite sickening!

That’s exactly the reaction I had when I found out about the Killeen Police Officer who has just been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with sexually assaulting a child.

KWTX reports that Miguel Velasco Herrera was charged with sexual assault of a child younger than 17.

This is the result of an investigation that began over two weeks ago.

Before posting a $100,000 bond and being released, Herrara, a member of the Killeen Police Department for 7 years, turned himself in.

The fact that it's a police officer being accused of this crime is sad, especially when police are supposed to serve and protect us and departments are really trying to rebuild trust with their communities.

There's been no word on whether the victim is a family member of Herrara's. Preying upon a child is awful enough, but it's just heartbreaking to know there are people out there who prey upon their own flesh and blood.

We will keep you updated.

Meanwhile, if you know of or suspect abuse of a child, please reach out to police or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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It's Time to 'Stuff the Bus' for Central Texas Students

The new school year is just around the corner, and Central Texas students will face unique challenges as we put the pandemic behind us and look to the future.

One challenge no child should face is being without the essential school supplies they'll need to live up to their potential and achieve academic success.

That's where you and I come in. From July 19 to August 15, you can donate school supplies at the following locations. Donated supplies will benefit students in need in Belton ISD, Killeen ISD, and Temple ISD. (Click each district to view their 2021-2022 school supply lists.)

 

 

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