Friday, December 20, 2019

Teen Says George Laughlin Of YEA Networks Abused Her

A teenage girl has accused George Laughlin, the 51-year-old CEO of YEA Networks, of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions a decade ago, according to The Dallas Morning News citing details from an arrest warrant affidavit.

George Laughlin
Laughlin is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, but he denies any abuse occurred. He turned himself into authorities Tuesday and was released from the Dallas County Jail after posting bond.

The allegations surfaced in July when the alleged victim — a 17-year-old girl and former family friend — told police that Laughlin had sexually assaulted her multiple times between March 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010, when the girl was 6 and 7 years old.

The girl told police that she was a childhood friend of Laughlin’s daughter and often spent the night at the Laughlins’ home, where she alleged two of the incidents took place.

The teen went to police in July after two years of therapy, according to the affidavit. She was previously diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, the document states, and a counselor said symptoms indicated that she had been sexually abused. The girl remembered details of the abuse after counseling sessions, the warrant states.

In a September interview with a detective, Laughlin gave conflicting statements about the girl, police said.   Detectives also interviewed Laughlin’s wife and daughter, but believed they were coached on their answers. Both told detectives they “have no memory” of events.

Laughlin has cooperated with detectives. He also said his client passed a polygraph test.

Laughlin has been the CEO of YEA Networks since 2011. The North Texas-based media company was founded by the late radio personality Kidd Kraddick. The teen is not connected to Kraddick’s foundation, Kidd’s Kids, Laughlin’s attorney said.

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