Deputy Lt. John Davis said he and Deputy Investigator Adam Levine interviewed Ezra Herschberger Monday, and Davis said the suspect confessed to numerous incidents similar to the ones listed in the four charges.
The investigator said deputies were led to believe that the suspect may have been involved in between 150 and 200 incidents of sexual abuse of several young girls over a period of several years.
Davis said Deputy Sgt. Steve Linam took care of the paperwork in the case, and one count was filed Monday. Three additional counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child were filed Tuesday.
Herschberger was booked into the Bee County Jail Monday on an arrest warrant issued by Justice of the Peace Joe Lyvers.
The suspect was taken before Justice of the Peace Raul Casarez, and his bond was set at $100,000 on each count for a total of $400,000.
Davis said sheriff’s office investigators have been working with Assistant District Attorney Deborah Branch on the case. Branch is expected to present the cases to the Bee County Grand Jury later.
Davis said additional counts of the offense probably will be included in any indictment returned by the grand jury.
All four of the current charges are first degree felonies. If convicted, Herschberger could be sentenced to up to 99 years or life in prison and could be fined up to $10,000 on each count.
Herschberger owns a leather merchandise business north of Tynan and has been associated with volunteer fire departments in Skidmore and Tynan in recent years.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.