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Army veteran arrested in Belton on two counts of indecency with a child by contact

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:42:28-05

BELTON, TX — An Army veteran has been arrested in Belton for two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

On January 14, the Bell County Sheriff's Department Special Crimes Unit arrested 46-year-old Samuel Neal Kennedy at his home in Belton. He was arrested on two counts of indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony.

On December 1, 2016, Kennedy retired from the United States Army as an E-5. During his enlistment, he was investigated at least six times for sexual abuse offenses including minor children, according to the Bell County Sheriff's Office.

The arrest warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Clifford Coleman, Precinct 2.

Kennedy's suggested bond amount is $175,000. He is currently in the Bell County Jail.

Due to Kennedy's past history, the Special Crimes Unit is requesting anyone with additional information to contact the unit at 254-933-6769.