Man accused of using fake ghost hunts to sexually assault women all over SE Texas

Friday, May 7, 2021
Man accused of using fake ghost hunts to sexually assault women
Investigators said a Texas man allegedly sexually assaulted multiple female victims after luring them to remote locations by inviting them to go ghost hunting. The suspect is also a former reserve deputy with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Click play to hear the shocking story.

A 46-year-old Houston man, who also used to be a peace officer, is accused of luring women to go "ghost hunting" in remote locations before sexually assaulting them. It's feared he may have victims in several area counties and cities.

David Lynn Turner targeted victims through social media and dating apps, a joint investigation between sheriff offices in San Jacinto and Montgomery counties found.

According to authorities, Turner drove the women to remote locations in San Jacinto County and surrounding counties under the guise of "ghost hunting," where he'd sexually force himself on the women in various ways.

He was arrested on May 4 and charged with two counts of sexual assault. Turner is in the San Jacinto County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Officials said Turner was a reserve Texas Peace Officer in Harris County between 2012 and 2015.

Detectives in San Jacinto and Montgomery Counties say they believe that Turner has been doing this since Dec. 2018 in the greater Southeast Texas region with potential victims from Beaumont, Galveston, Katy, The Woodlands, Coldspring and Livingston, Texas.

Both agencies are actively investigating and seeking to contact possible additional victims.

Anyone with information or who may have had similar interactions with Turner is encouraged to contact detectives with the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office at 936-653-4367 or the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 936-760-5800.

To remain completely anonymous, you can also call the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867).

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