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Former Big Spring detective pleads not guilty to sexual crimes against children

Joel Rojo (Source: Big Spring Police Department) Joel Rojo (Source: Big Spring Police Department)
Joel Rojo at arraignment hearing (Source: KWES) Joel Rojo at arraignment hearing (Source: KWES)
HOWARD COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

Former Big Spring police detective Joel Rojo pleaded not guilty to his two newest charges: attempt to commit indecency with a child and indecency with a child sexual contact.  

Rojo’s trial was set for February at a hearing Wednesday afternoon. If the date in February results in a schedule conflict a date in March was also reserved.

Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Phillips was in attendance at the hearings. After the arraignment she sat down and told us that she along with District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson are still in the process of deciding if all of the charges will be tried together.

Rojo's attorney said he did not have time to comment on the case.

The indictment on the two charges said Rojo touched the genitals of the minor for his own sexual gratification. 

One of the original charges was upgraded to attempt to commit indecency with a child. Court documents said Rojo attempted to photograph the private area of another minor. 

In April 2016 Rojo was indicted on three counts of official oppression, one count of indecency with a child and one count of sexual performance by a child.

Back in May Rojo pleaded not guilty to the two indictments of sexual crimes against children.

The allegations date back to April 2015. 

Past indictments said Rojo succeeded in persuading one minor to expose her breast and another juvenile to expose her genitals.

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