57-year-old arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child

A Bell County man is behind bars on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

A 57-year-old man turned himself into the Bell County Sheriff's Department Monday after the Bell County District Attorney's Office agreed to prosecute his case and Justice of the Peace David Barfield issued a warrant charging the man with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years old.

Authorities identified the suspect as Phillip Joseph Beauchamp but did not release many specific details about the case.

Bell County Sheriff's Department Major T.J. Cruz said deputies first learned of the case on Aug. 28 when they were forwarded a report from the Killeen Police Department, which had originally investigated the incident and determined it occurred at an address on Pecan Creek Road, where Beauchamp lived, in Bell County -- outside of KPD's jurisdiction.

Beauchamp's bond was set at $150,000.

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