Raul Alfredo Arellano, 22 of Del Rio, was indicted by a Reagan County Grand Jury in early September for sexual assault of a child.

Sheriff Jeff Garner said that the case is what he considers “true rape.”

“This was a truly forced and non-consensual attack,” Garner said. “During our investigation we learned that the suspect had a predator nature to him. You don’t see that often.”

Reagan County High School Senior Tonia Salas was presented with a $1,163.52 scholarship Friday night from the Reagan County Elemenatary students.

The money was raised as part of elementary campus’ “Go Get It Week” to raise awareness of the benefits of a college education.

During the week, the students were able to dress up to daily themes that were college related and teachers shared their college experiences with their classes.  

Along with the fun of dressing up, classes also competed to see which class could bring the most change to go towards a scholarship for a Reagan County Senior who mentors at the elementary school.

The elementary students took the challenge seriously as they were very happy to help a graduating senior with their college dream.  

In all, RCES students raised $1,163.52.  

The third grade class raised the most money and won the challenge.

Elementary Principal Mandy Traylor presented Salas with the scholarship during halftime of the Owls’ game against TLCA.

The Reagan County Sheriff’s Department has seen a steep rise in sexual abuse cases involving children over the past four months.

Sheriff Jeff Garner said that his department is currently investigating eight such cases.

“In the past we would work between six and eight sexual abuse cases each year,” Garner said. “We have seen that rate really spike over the past four to five months. All eight of the ones we are talking about now involve children.”

Garner said that the cases range from rape to more of a relationship type of offense.

The 2014-2015 Ambassadors worked this week at the site of their new community service project.

They planted fall flowers in the planter along US 67 at the east edge of town to beautify the entrance to the city.

Ambassadors pictured are Baylee Barton, Turner Stark, Ben Garner, Robert Howell, Sara Modi, Jennifer Sanchez, Bruna Sanchez, Sierra Guerrero, Mikayla DeLaCruz, Samantha Sosa and Sponsor Sherri Gay.

Not pictured are Yanira Vaquera & Carlee Spurgin.