Second Alleged Victim of Ricky Howard Comes Forward

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A Nocona man previously charged with sexually assaulting a young boy more than 500 times is now facing new charges involving a second alleged victim.

Former bank president, Ricky Dale Howard has two separate cases of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

He was out on $400,000 bond on the first charge when he was re-arrested this morning.

His bond was raised to $500,000 after the grand jury returned the indictment on his first charge.

Montague County authorities say the new victim came forward after learning about the first victim coming forward.

They say the assaults occurred around 1994 when the victim was 12-years-old.

Like the other boy, they say the second victim was a friend of Howard, and may also have worked part time and gone hunting with  him.

There is no statute of limitations on these kinds of cases.

Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham says there could be additional victims who have not yet come forward.

Howard was first arrested last month after investigators say he sexually assaulted a young boy more than 500 times over a four year period.

Court records allege the assaults happened at the start of deer season in 1996, when Howard learned the victim, a 13-year-old boy, enjoyed hunting. 

Sheriff Cunningham said the assaults were uncovered while investigators were working the Caleb Diehl missing person case. 

Nocona Police Chief Kent Holcomb said Diehl borrowed a truck last March 30th and that’s the last he has been heard from.

Diehl’s mother Tami says that truck belonged to Howard, who was a family friend.

Cunningham says Texas Rangers and investigators are still working that case and have nothing new to report on it.

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