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Waco man arrested for allegedly trafficking 2 juveniles

Waco man arrested for allegedly trafficking 2 juveniles

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Clyde Vanterpool


A 56-year-old man was arrested Wednesday at his West Waco home after he took two boys to his residence and sexually assaulted both victims this past winter, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Clyde Alexis Vanterpool, of Waco, was arrested after two boys under the age of 17 made an outcry of sexual assault against Vanterpool on Dec. 10. After investigation, police determined that Vanterpool randomly met the two victims after they ran away from their residence and went to Cameron Park, Swanton said.

“They were down in the Cameron Park area, where they met up with the suspect,” he said. “This was random and he (Vanterpool) met them, offered to buy them cigarettes and they got in the car with him.”

Swanton said the two victims rode around in Vanterpool’s vehicle with him before Vanterpool took the boys back to his home in the 5600 block of Hawthorne Drive.

“They went in with him, he got them intoxicated and he sexually assaulted both of them,” Swanton said. “When they were not quite so inebriated, they wanted to leave, so he took them back to Cameron Park and dropped them off.”

The two victims reported the allegations to police shortly after the incident. Vanterpool was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at his home for two counts of trafficking of persons.

Swanton said because Vanterpool allegedly took the victims from Cameron Park to his home, he was charged with trafficking — a first-degree felony. Vanterpool was taken to McLennan County Jail on a $300,000 surety bond.

“This is the kind of person that you don’t want as your neighbor,” Swanton said. “We don’t want him in our community to prey on two young people like this. Obviously they would not have done this if they would not have been under the influence of alcohol to the point where they couldn’t control what was going on. He absolutely took advantage and preyed on two young people.”

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