Sex offender arrested in Van Zandt Co. for sexual assault

Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department:

VAN ZANDT COUNTY (KYTX) - On January 22, 2013 around noon, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported aggravated sexual assault of an adult female victim near the community of Myrtle Springs. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle and a concerted effort by area law enforcement officers to locate the vehicle proved unsuccessful. Through investigative efforts, Deputies were able to identify a suspect and a search warrant was issued for a residence in rural Hunt County.

Shortly after midnight, Van Zandt County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Investigators from the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney's Office and Troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol, travel to the 2000 block of Payne Street in rural Hunt County and executed an evidentiary search warrant and a felony arrest warrant for 29-year-old Christopher Lee Pruitt.  Pruitt, a registered Texas Sex Offender, was arrested by the officers without incident.   

Van Zandt County Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray stated, "The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office subscribes to the policy of ‘Maximum Impact on the Criminal Violator'. This is an example of how hard work, long hours and dedication to the law abiding citizens of our community, and effective law enforcement networking, enables us to identify, locate, and bring to justice those individuals who choose to harm our citizens and violate our laws". Sheriff Ray further stated, "we will continue our efforts, and use all available resources to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Van Zandt County and do all we can to stop this kind of activity."


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