Ray Clarence Rollins, a Dublin native and former Marine reservist who served time in Iraq, was arrested Friday by an Erath County Sheriff’s deputy for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
According to Sheriff Tommy Bryant, a 12-year-old girl made an outcry to a family member in August saying that Rollins had assaulted her. That family member then contacted the Sheriff’s Department. Bryant said following the allegation, interviews were conducted which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant. Law enforcement officials went to Rollins’ residence on FM 219 Friday to make the arrest. He said the suspect was apprehended without incident.
Rollins, 27, was released from the county jail Saturday after posting a $75,000 bond. If convicted, he faces five to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 for the first-degree felony offense.
Bryant also explained that, since Rollins posted a bond, he will not be eligible to receive a court-appointed attorney, and, instead, will be required to hire legal representation.
Following rumors that foster children were living in the Rollins’ home, communication with Child Protective Services (CPS) said otherwise.
“They (the Rollins) are not registered as a foster home or a foster home provider for CPS. Otherwise, if they have individuals living in the home, that is their business,” said CPS spokeswoman, Marissa Gonzales.
When asked if the Rollins children would be removed from the home in light of the allegations, Gonzales said that she could not comment.
Attempts to contact Rollins for comment were unsuccessful.