Cherokee County deputy indicted on 5 counts of indecency with a child

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A Cherokee County deputy has been indicted, arrested and arraigned on five counts of indecency with a child.

Jonathan Bryan Shobert turned himself in Thursday to the Cherokee County Jail and is out on a bond of $50,000.

Shobert was previously identified to KETK as a sergeant in the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to charging documents, Shobert is accused of “engag(ing) in sexual contact” with a minor identified only by the pseudonym of “Harley” on five occasions “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant” by “touching the genitals of the complaint, a child younger than 17 years of age.”

The alleged incidents were reported to have taken place on September 15, October 1, November 13, December 18 and December 20, all in 2018.

Each charge is a 2nd degree felony.

In addition, Shobert was ordered to have no communication, directly or indirectly, with the victim, with Brandy Shobert, or with any member of the victim’s family except through an attorney or person appointed by the court.

Shobert also was ordered not to go within 500 feet of the victim’s residence or Jacksonville High School.

Violation of the order could result in a fine, revocation of bail and confinement in jail.

Shobert was arraigned before Judge Rodney Wallace, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 of Cherokee County.

The Texas Rangers investigated the case.

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