Corey Houghton

Corey Houghton

A man who has been on the run from law enforcement for the past several months is in custody.

Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert said Corey Shane Houghton, 31, was arrested by the Dickinson Police Department in North Dakota on Friday, Dec. 28.

Houghton signed a waiver to return to Texas on Friday, Jan. 25, Gilbert said. A transport company picked Houghton up from the Stark County Jail and he arrived back in Cooke County on Sunday, Feb. 3.

He’s been wanted by authorities since August after he missed a court date, according to Gilbert.

Houghton is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and indecency with a child, a second-degree felony, in connection with allegations reported to the Gainesville Police Department in May 2017.

He’s now also facing two counts of bail jumping and failure to appear, according to Cooke County jail records.

In a previous report in the Register, Gainesville police spokeswoman Belva McClinton said that Houghton is accused of sexually abusing a girl. She was around 5 to 6 years of age at the time of the incident, McClinton said.

“The child was the daughter of an acquaintance, and the offenses occurred in the city limits of Gainesville,” McClinton said.

The reported sexual abuse occurred between December 2007 and February 2008, she said via email.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 5, Houghton remained in custody at the Cooke County Jail with bonds totaling $250,000, online jail records show.