A registered sex offender convicted and sentenced to probation last year for inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl was arrested by Killeen police and charged with molesting another minor.

Leonard Mike Penley, 54, was charged with indecency with a child by contact for allegedly touching the breasts and genitals of a 14-year-old girl.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Penley on Thursday, setting his bail at $75,000.

The charges stem from an alleged June 5 incident at Penley’s home in the 2800 block of Cheaney Drive in Killeen.

Two female minors were swimming at his house. An arrest affidavit stated that while swimming with the girls, Penley touched the breasts and genitals of the 14-year-old over her swimsuit.

The girl relayed the story to a police investigator after the incident was reported to police one day later.

Penley denied the accusation, stating he touched the girl on her legs and back while they played games in the pool. However, he did admit to playing a pornographic movie on his television while the girls were present.

Penley had two molestation accusations made against him in June 2010. He was later indicted and convicted of indecency with a child in 2012.

Records show he used alcohol and pills to ply a 12-year-old girl. The girl later told investigators he had been molesting her for years.

He was sentenced to probation for the charge on Feb. 25, 2012.

Potvin also arraigned the following in unrelated incidents:

  • Tara Leigh Brower, 32, on a charge of injury to a child. Brower is accused of burning an 11-year-old girl with a cigarette. Her bond was set at $50,000.
  • Jemel Desan Defreitas, 18, on a charge of aggravated assault. Defreitas’ bond was set at $100,000.
  • John L. Ealey III, 31, on a charges of possession of a controlled substance, 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams, and possession of marijuana, 5 pounds or less but more than 4 ounces.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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In 2010 it was my daughter who given alcohol and pills for his sick satifaction. It was my daughter molested. It was my daughter, his niece that this sick SOB hurt. We just found out yesterday that he was arrested again LAST YEAR!!!!! we live in NY now. I'm so sorry these girls were hurt by this monster. I hope he rots!!!!!


Who is surprised about this one?



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