The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 18, 2007

Local soldier arrested for sexual assault

PALESTINE — A 19-year-old Elkhart serviceman stationed in Baghdad until just days ago was arrested at a Dallas airport Tuesday morning and charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Michael Shane Vick, 19, of Elkhart was arrested and charged with two counts of the charge stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls under the age of 10 in Anderson County, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wendell Wilcher.

Vick was placed under arrest without incident around 8 a.m. Tuesday by Wilcher and Anderson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Barr after the suspect passed through customs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Vick was recently released from the U.S. Army after a warrant was issued for his arrest in Anderson County, but local authorities are uncertain about the nature of his dismissal from the military.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Vick remained in the Anderson County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $300,000 set by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd.

Vick’s father, James Edward Vick, 44, of Elkhart, was arrested 2 1/2 months ago on two counts of the same offense, stemming from the incidents during which the father and son are alleged to have separately sexually assaulted two girls who were 8 and 9 at the time.

The alleged incidents are alleged to have occurred between September 2003 and December 2004 at the Vicks’ residence in Elkhart, according to authorities.

Prior to his arrest on May 1, James Vick, a long-time foster parent, had “approximately 50 children” – both boys and girls – live in his Elkhart residence at different times over a seven- or eight-year period beginning in 1999, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said at the time of the elder Vick’s arrest.

Michael Vick lived with James Vick and the elder Vick’s wife at the Elkhart residence, authorities have said.

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