Henry Charles Pressler IV of Beaumont was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Oct. 25, 2012 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, Pressler’s 4-year-old daughter made an outcry to a CPS employee in April 2012, at least two months after the girl said her father molested her. Later, the girl described her ordeal in a subsequent Garth House interview.
The girl told interviewers the molestation occurred in Pressler’s bedroom, but the young girl could not pin down a specific date the molestation occurred.
Perry Thomas, an assistant district attorney prosecuting Pressler’s case, said the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office will continue to protect children and said those who find themselves engaging in sex with children will have the full force of the law upon them.
“You run the risk of spending the rest of your life in prison,” Thomas said. “Depending on the age of the child, you’re looking at a long prison time for abusing children. Very serious offense and we handle it quite seriously.”
CPS removed the young girl from her father’s home in February 2012, and Pressler was arrested at that time, the affidavit said.
Pressler is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on a $60,000 bond. He is set to appear for trial in Judge Layne Walker’s 252nd Criminal District Court on April 21.