Journalist Accused Of Sexual Assault After Runaway 15-Year-Old Located at His Home

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HOUSTON, Texas — The Harris County Precinct One Constable’s office has arrested a Houston man on charges of online solicitation and attempted sexual assault of a child.

Hunter Atkins, 31, was taken into custody by deputies this afternoon in the 100 block of Chelsea Blvd.

Investigators say Atkins began chatting with a 15 year old girl on Instagram last December. She was located in his condo after a runaway report was filed by her mother.

Deputies believe the girl was with Atkins on at least three occasions.

Atkins was previously arrested December 22, 2019 on a charge of harboring a runaway. Today’s arrest and additional charges are a result of subsequent investigation.

“I will always work to preserve and protect the innocence of children,” said Constable Alan Rosen. “This young girl was manipulated by an adult who is a man twice her age. Such predators will not be tolerated.”

Atkins is a journalist and former sports reporter at the Houston Chronicle. View his website here.

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