Texan sexually assaults women in ghost-hunting ruse: sheriff

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Former Texas Reserve Police Officer David Lynn Turner is accused of sexually assaulting women he took on “ghost hunting”, officials say. Photo by Getty Images.

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A Texas man is accused of using a “ghost hunting” ruse to sexually assault women, officials say.

David Lynn Turner, a 46-year-old man from Houston, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of sexual assault.

He is accused of targeting women on social media and dating apps, then driving them to remote areas of San Jacinto County and nearby areas under the guise of “ghost hunting”, officials say.

There, Turner would “sexually impose himself on women in various ways,” according to a press release.

Officials say Turner is familiar with law enforcement. He served as a reserve police officer in Harris County from 2012 to 2015.

Investigators say the incidents began as early as December 2018 and there may be more victims in Southeast Texas, including Beaumont, Galveston, Katy, The Woodlands, Coldspring and Livingston.

The San Jacinto and Montgomery county sheriff’s offices conducted the investigation.

This story was originally published May 7, 2021 7:15 p.m.

Chacour Koop is a Kansas City-based live-action reporter. Previously, he reported for The Associated Press, the Galveston County Daily News and the Daily Herald in Chicago.

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