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      Former Ochiltree lawman accused of sexual contact with child

      Frankie C. Humphrey faces a child indecency charge

      Update 3:58p Frankie C. Humphrey has committed suicide, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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      First reported by Pronews 7 A former Chief Deputy for the Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office has been accused of having sexual contact with a child.

      Authorities said it is suspected that there could be more victims spanning over several decades.

      Frankie C. Humphrey, 68, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of Indecency with a Child - Sexual Contact, authorities said. He was arraigned on Thursday.

      Humphrey, according to Sheriff Terry Bouchard, retired in February 2010 after serving 19 years with the department.

      Authorities are not releasing any other information as to when the alleged offense occurred. Humphrey's bail was set at $100,000. He bonded out on Thursday morning, Bouchard said.

      Humphrey had served as a board member for the musical school, Conservatory of the Plains. That school now based in Perryton serves students of all ages from elementary to high school, authorities said.

      The Texas Rangers along with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident.

      Anyone with any additional information on this case is asked to contact Ranger Phillip Ditto at (806) 935-5908 or at (806) 468-1480.

      Statement from Conservatory of the Plains This is in reference to a charge pending against a former director of the Conservatory of the Plains whose position was as a board officer in an advisory capacity only. Immediately upon being notified of a pending charge, our Board of Directors met in emergency session and the director was terminated and separated from all duties and functions of the Conservatory. Our actions were swift and firm. At no time was this director ever in personal contact with any of the children in our programs as that is not in the scope of the duties of a director. It is our understanding that the pending charge is in reference to an alleged incident some years ago.

      By design we have walls of protection for the people to whom we have a fiduciary responsibility, for our supporters, for the parents, and especially for the children involved in our programs. Our Board of Directors consists of the people who handle the day to day decisions of our organization and they have no contact with the students. In our programs we utilize public school teachers who have already been vetted by the public school system. They are experienced teachers, well known in the community and very highly respected.

      We want everyone to be assured, especially the parents and children, that our organization is designed for their upmost safety and benefit.

      Robert Humphrey, Founder and CEOConservatory of the Plains