The Port Arthur News
A 50-year-old Groves man has been arrested in charges stemming from a six-month investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual abuse and improper photography of underage females.
The suspect, David Lawrence Guest, was arrested on Thursday and arraigned on Friday by Criminal District Judge Layne Walker.
The suspect was arrested on one count of indecency with a child by sexual conduct, a second degree felony, and one count of improper photography or visual recording, a state jail felony. His bonds were set at $200,000 for the indecency charge and $10,000 for the improper photography charge, according to a press release from Groves Police Department.
Police believe the suspect used child grooming and manipulation as means of gaining the children’s trust. Child grooming involves psychological manipulation in the form of positive reinforcement and foot-in-the-door tactics, using activities or games that are typically legal but later lead to illegal activities. This is done, police said, to gain the child’s trust as well as the trust of those responsible for the child’s well being. Additionally, a trusting relationship with the family means the child’s parents or guardians are less likely to believe the accusations.
Groves Police investigators believe there may be additional victims who have not reported their victimization by the suspect to the police.
Possible victims are asked to call 962-0244 or 727-1614.