Sheriff seeks more info in the wake of arrest for child sexual assault on April 11

Eugene Frederick Schneider

By Valerie Reddell

LIVINGSTON — A Nederland man is in custody at the Polk County Jail for three felony charges related to the repeated sexual assault of two female children, according to a statement released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Eugene Frederick Schneider, 24, of Nederland is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $800,000 for aggravated sexual assault of a child; sexual assault of a child filed by Polk County investigators and a third charge placed by Orange County listed.

Sheriff Kenneth Hammack reported that PCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division launched an investigation into allegations that two girls, ages 13 and 14, had been sexually abused on several difference occasions.

Detectives discovered that Schneider had sexually abused both children on separate occasions and abused both girls simultaneously on at least two occasions. In those incidents, Schneider is accused of forcing the children to perform sex acts on each other.

At the time those incidents occurred, Schneider lived in Polk County and had access to the children.

Forensic interviewers with Childrenz Haven, the Polk County Child Advocacy Center, met with both children. Based on information the girls provided to interviewers, SANE nurses performed sexual assault exams at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston.

Schneider was arrested April 11.

JP2 Sarah Rasberry set bonds at $200,000 and $100,000 for the local charges. Bond was set at $500,000 in connection with the investigative hold placed by Orange County.

The Orange County charge is listed on jail records as “affidavit for release sexual assault”, but it isn’t immediately clear what that means.

Lt. Craig Finegan told the Enterprise that Schneider is currently out on bond for a charge in Orange County and officials there have begun the process of revoking that bond. That revocation is unrelated to the Polk County charges he said.

Finegan also expects more charges to be filed when the case is presented to the grand jury.

Sheriff Hammack asks that anyone with information about Eugene Frederick Schneider, or suspicions about other inappropriate or criminal behavior with children to please call Lt. Craig Finegan at (936) 329-9028.

Hammack also commended the several agencies who work on child abuse allegations in this community — including the District Attorney’s Office, Childrenz Haven, Child Protective Services and CHI St. Luke’s Hospital SANE nurses — for their hard work in investigating and prosecuting these actors that molest children in our community.

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