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Tyler teen accused of sexually assaulting child under age of 14

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - A Tyler teenager has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of child after he allegedly preyed on a child under the age of 14.

On May 28, authorities received a complaint about a child who had been sexually assaulted by 17-year-old Justin Ray Dunford at a home on County Road 2216, according to the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

Responding deputies learned a woman's niece had complained of genital soreness and had been taken to the doctor when she made an outcry about the alleged sexual assault. The victim claims she was sexually assaulted and oral sex was performed on her, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Once detectives interviewed the mother and the child was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center, an arrest warrant was issued for Dunford.

The family stated Dunford had been living at their home, but was not related to anyone.

The suspect was booked into the Smith County Jail on $750,000 bond.

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