BAYTOWN, Texas - A Baytown teen has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child after police say he sexually assaulted two girls.
Shawn Holcomb, 18, is currently in the Harris County Jail and faces one charge of sexual assault of a child and one charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The investigation started in August after a 12-year-old told police she had been assaulted by Holcomb, who was an acquaintance at the time, according to Det. Aaron Crowell with the Baytown Police Department. The girl told police Holcomb had choked her and sexually assaulted her at an apartment complex.
While investigating that case, a 15-year-old girl came forward and said that while she was dating Holcomb she was assaulted multiple times in a similar manner, Crowell said.
Holcomb has been cooperating with the investigation, Crowell said, and gave DNA that later was found to be a match to DNA collected from the 12-year-old after she was sexually assaulted.
On Nov. 5, Holcomb - who police say was 17 at the time of the assaults - was arrested and charged in connection with both incidents. He is still in custody with a $230,000 bond.
"That's a little unusual for a 17-year-old to use such an amount of force and violence in a crime," Crowell said.
Super aggravated sexual assault of a child was created during the 2007 Texas legislative session, Crowell said, and is meant to be an enhancement of standard aggravated sexual assault of a child charges.
The crime is still a first degree felony but carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.