Harrison County man gets 11 life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of child
Robin Y. Richardson
Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.
A Harrison County man, accused of sexually assaulting about a dozen young girls, was sentenced to 11 life sentences today by 71st District Judge Brad Morin.
The defendant, Edwin Craig Volcik, pleaded guilty this morning to all 11 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to the indictment, all victims were under the age of 14.
"I'm very happy with the outcome," said Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon. "This is a good resolution to a case that the only way to get more is we would've had to have literally put the families up there to identify their children, and they didn't want to do that and we're glad that we didn't have to do that; so, it's a very good resolution."
He's happy it was able to be resolved, instead, through a plea bargain agreement, which was approved by Judge Morin, so that the young victims wouldn't have to relive the abuse during a jury trial again.
Volcik, 47, was arrested in January 2015 at his residence, 3186 Quail Lane, in the Harrison County side of Longview, on charges of sexual assault of a child, following a lengthy investigation led by federal officials, who were investigating him for child pornography.
"An investigation by Homeland Security led them and us to this location regarding child pornography, and upon our investigation at the residence there was evidence that indicated that there was more than just pornography," Sheriff Tom McCool said before. "We believed there had possibly been sexual assaults with some of these children. We feel our assumption, at the time, is correct."
According to the indictment, the sexual assaults occurred on March 8, 2014; June 17, 2014; August 24, 2014; and January 27. A probable cause for arrest shows that the sheriff's office assisted the Dallas Homeland Security Investigations agents in a search warrant at Volcik's residence for manufacturing of child pornography.
After securing the location, HCSO investigators and HSI agents interviewed Volcik, who made an admission to the agents that he gave Benadryl to several young girls under the age of 15 and photographed and or videotaped their private areas while they slept.
"He later admitted to sending the photos and/or videos to people via the Internet," the report reads.
The report further notes Volcik admitted to sexually assaulting one of the victims after doping her up with Benadryl, making her fall asleep.
The defendant's 11 life sentences will run concurrently. Volcik will receive credit for time he's already served in the case, dating back to his arrest in 2015. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.
For more on Volcik's sentencing, read Wednesday's print and online editions of The Marshall News Messenger.