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Anthony Wayne Sonnier, a Hitchcock native, was arrested today while at his Texas City home on a Sexual Assault of a Child warrant.Anthony Wayne Sonnier

Sonnier, 31 years old, was accused of sexually assaulting his 14 year old cousin in December of 2010. Investigators say that the sexual abuse had gone on for several years. Investigators stated that the allegations surfaced recently when Sonnier was caught attempting to kiss his cousin in the backyard of the families home. According to family members, this is not the first time that Sonnier has been accused of pursuing adolescent aged females and that possibly charges were not filed because Sonnier made financial arrangements with the victim's family.

Sonnier is currently being held in the Hitchcock City Jail on a $40,000.00 bond. Sonnier will be arraigned and transfered to the Galveston County Jail for further processing.

If you have any information of any other possible assaults involving Anthony Sonnier, please contact the Hitchcock Police Department Criminal Investigation Division with details.