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RUSK COUNTY -- Charges of repeated sexual assault of a child have been filed against Tony Lovelien, age 42, following an investigation by Rusk County authorities.
In February 2022, an Investigator for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was assigned to a report from the Rusk County Health and Human Services Department regarding allegations that a man, identified as Tony Lovelien, had sexually assaulted a child multiple times. A child had reported the sexual assault allegations to a school counselor who had further reported the allegations. A forensic interview was conducted with the child victim.
The criminal complaint filed against Lovelien states that the victim of the alleged sexual assaults was under the age of 13 when the assaults began, and the assaults occurred over a period of several years, from September 2016 until December 2021. Details of the sexual assaults are included in the criminal complaint, however, DrydenWire has chosen to not include that information in this post.
At the time of this post, the criminal complaint available through public records request does not contain any details as to whether any interview was conducted with Lovelien, however, online circuit court records show that Lovelien appeared for a bail bond hearing on March 15, 2022 regarding the charges filed against him.
The Hon. Steven Anderson ordered a $10,000 cash bond for Lovelien with conditions that he have no contact with the victim or with any other minors. Online records indicate that Lovelien’s bond was posted.
Lovelien is charged with Class C Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child; Class C Felony Incest; and Class I Felony Exposing Genitals. Lovelien appeared most recently on March 29, 2022, and is scheduled to appear again in June 2022.
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