Former Longview police officer indicted on indecency with child charges

By Meredith Shamburger
Aug. 23, 2016 at 6:08 p.m.

Michael Patrick Healy (Gregg County Jail photo)

A former Longview police officer was in the Gregg County Jail on Tuesday charged with indecency with a child stemming from incidents that occurred while he was on the force in the 1980s and 1990s as well as in March 2011.

Michael Patrick Healy, 67, of Longview was arrested Monday by the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office on two grand jury indictments of indecency with a child sexual contact.

District Judge David Brabham set Healy’s bond at $50,000 for one indictment filed July 28. That indictment includes one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact and one count of attempted indecency with a child by sexual contact that authorities said happened in March 2011.

Another indictment filed July 28 includes two counts of indecency with a child by exposure and two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact stemming from incidents in 1987, 1993 and 1995. Bond had not been set Tuesday on that indictment.

No further details of the charges against Healy were available Tuesday.

Healy’s arrest this week follows a March arrest by Longview police on a charge of indecency with a child stemming from a 1995 incident, while he also was still an officer. He posted $100,000 bond on that charge and was released the same day he was arrested.

Healy was an officer with the Longview Police Department between October 1981 and December 1999, city spokesman Shawn Hara said Tuesday.

Healy left shortly before pleading guilty in 2000 to stealing guns from the department and then pawning them to buy medicine for his heart condition. Healy would then buy the guns back when he received his insurance checks.

Brabham gave Healy a five-year deferred sentence in that case.

 

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