ANGLETON — A Boerne man faces felony sexual assault charges after DNA tests revealed he fathered at least two children with a female relative.
Police accuse Douglas Wayne Ring, 47, of sexually assaulting the relative from when she was about age 8 or 9 until she was 20 years old, when both lived in Angleton. She became pregnant three times starting when she was 16, and Ring forced her to have an abortion at a Houston clinic, Angleton Police Sgt. Kirk Coleman said.
When she was pregnant at 18, she drank bleach in an effort to abort the fetus, Coleman said.
The woman told police she reported the abuse several times to Child Protective Services but no action ever was taken, Coleman said.
A Brazoria County grand jury Thursday indicted Ring, 47, on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and sexual assault. If convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, he faces up to life in prison; he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the other charges.
Prosecutor Mary Aldous declined to comment about the case because it is pending litigation.
Ring’s attorney, Richard Haynes, said his client is innocent of the charges.
“He took a polygraph and passed it,” Haynes said. “But we’ll see.”
Haynes declined to comment further until he had a chance to review the DNA tests.
The victim, now 27, came to Angleton police in August with her accusations. When she tried to abort the fetus by drinking bleach, she was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where the fetus died, Coleman said. A sample of the fetus’ tissue was stored at UTMB, he said.
She became pregnant again at 20 in 2003, and later gave birth to a boy, now 7, who lives with Ring in Boerne, Coleman said.
During the investigation, Coleman said he had DNA tests done on the boy and the tissue remaining from the fetus at UTMB. Results showed Ring fathered both children, Coleman said.
“We got an arrest warrant (for Ring) after the DNA results came back,” he said.
The children living with Ring now could be removed after CPS concludes its investigation, Coleman said.
Such an investigation is common when someone is accused of sexual abuse, CPS spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. Carter said she could not comment about whether there is a current investigation at Ring’s home in Boerne.
Carter said there is no public record of the girl making accusations against Ring. Any such records could have been purged by now because the incidents happened more than seven years ago, she said.
“Her cases would have been prior to our computer system,” Carter said. If they existed, “They may not have been entered.”
John Tompkins covers Brazoria County courts for The Facts. Contact him at 979-849-8581.