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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HCSO Child Abuse Unit Charge Man Who Fled To Avoid Investigation

Harris County, Texas - A 50-year-old man currently incarcerated in the Fort Bend County jail on unrelated a sexual assault of a child charge, has been charged with two counts of continuous sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child here in Harris County.

Investigators say that Dwayne Bernard Howard was at the center of a child sexual assault case in October of 2010, when he fled to Europe in order to avoid Harris County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse investigators.

The initial investigation revealed two female victims ages 11 and 16 years old disclosed sexual abuse by Howard.

He forced one victim to pose wearing provocative clothing while he photographed her.

The victims told examiners Howard would use a live web camera and film them without clothing.

In February of 2016 the defendant was arrested in Fort Bend County.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office case was reopened, and a third victim came forward, a male who also was abused by Howard.

That victim told investigators that Howard abused sexually from the age of 12 until he was 15-years old.

The victim gave a detailed description of the Howards lap top computer, which is now in the custody of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

He was suspected of file-sharing child pornography while in Europe.

Dwayne Howard was previously convicted in 1998 for an Indecency with a child charge and was sentenced to 6 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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