Joseph Bolden

A Smith County man has been charged with sexually assaulting two children.

Joseph Bolden, 31, was taken into custody by the Smith County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

The sheriff’s office was contacted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services regarding two girls, ages 5 and 6, who said Bolden sexually assaulted them. A forensic interview with each child was conducted at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Through the investigation, detectives determined there was enough evidence that Bolden had sexually assaulted the two children on multiple occasions. Detectives further learned that at the time of the sexual assaults, one victim was 4 and the other was 5.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants issued by 114th District Judge Christi Kennedy charging Bolden with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony.

Bolden is being held on bonds totaling $400,000. 

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