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Nacogdoches child porn, sex assault suspect's bail set at $400K

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

On Wednesday, a Nacogdoches County justice of the peace arraigned Justin Owen Lejeune, 31, on two new felony charges that stem from the fact he is accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl when he was 17 and recording video of a 15-year-old girl in the bathroom of his home.

Lejeune, of Nacogdoches, was arraigned by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Dorothy Tigner-Thompson on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. In addition, Tigner-Thompson set a bail of $100,000 each for the two charges, bringing Lejeune's collective bail amount to a total of $400,000.

During Wednesday's hearing, Lejeune also requested a court-appointed attorney.

Lejeune is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two second-degree charges of possession of child pornography, and a state-jail felony charge of improper photo/visual recording.

"She made an outcry to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, and in the course of that investigation, we found out when that victim was much younger than what she is now she was sexually assaulted by this suspect," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a previous story.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's deputies took Lejeune, a former NISD cafeteria cook, into custody after authorities executed a search warrant on his house on FM 3314 and found a large amount of child pornography, along with video recording devices hidden in various parts of his home like his bathroom and the guest bedrooms. One was even hidden in a book.

"He had them installed in bathrooms," Bridges said. "He's made recordings of these. So you can tell he's doing this for self gratification."

It's believed the videos were watched on a large, flat-screen television found in Lejeune's home, located on Lone Star Road.

East Texas News obtained copies of the arrest warrants for Lejeune's two new charges. The affidavits provide new details in regard to the case.

News about Lejeune's arrest prompted a woman to reveal a dark secret she had held for 14 years.

According to the affidavit, Lejeune allegedly molested an 8-year-old girl on an unspecified date in 1999. At the time, he was 17. The sexual assault occurred at a residence on Mockingbird Street, the affidavit stated. Lejeune also allegedly touched the girl inappropriately on more than one occasion.

The other arrest affidavit stated that among the DVD discs seized from Lejeune's home was a video of a 15-year-old girl in his restroom that was recorded without her knowledge or consent.

During interviews with NCSO investigators and Texas Ranger Travis Brazil, Lejeune allegedly admitted to molesting the 8-year-old girl. The affidavit stated that he also admitted to setting up the video cameras throughout his home and videoing the 15-year-old girl for his own sexual gratification.

according to a press release, NCSO investigators have been reviewing the evidence found at Lejeune's residence. They found numerous DVDs in the man's bedroom. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said there were more than 150 videos of improper video recordings and more than 30 videos of child pornography that were allegedly made or downloaded by Lejeune.

Bridges said the Lufkin Police Department's computer forensics division is still processing the computers taken from Lejeune's home. He said more charges may be pending once the investigation is completed.

Bridges said he believes the evidence shows Lejeune has been making and recording the videos for more than five years. He said numerous names were inside his journal and that numerous victims may not know they were recorded.

In a previous East Texas News story, NISD spokeswoman Crayoned DuChane said Lejeune was fired immediately following the arrest.

She said he worked for the district as the lead cook and prepared food and occasionally served meals in the cafeteria line. He has been working for the district since March 2010.

Despite the evidence found in the home, Bridges does not believe Lejeune's activity ever made it to the school.

"I want to be clear on this, at this point, we have no evidence that leads us to believe that anything happened on campus," Bridges said in a previous story.

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