Abilene Couple Arrested on Child Sex Charges

An Abilene couple has been arrested after 2 children under the age of 14 came forward to say they had been sexually abused by them, according to an arrest warrant.

It was last summer that a child told a teacher about the abuse at the hands of 30-year-old Chelsea Diaz and 57-year-old Howard Sturgis, the warrant read.

After an investigation by the Abilene Police Department, court documents say the couple used a rag they sprayed a substance on and would make the children sniff the rag.

Court documents also say when Sturgis was questioned about the abuse he told an investigator he does not remember but the spray he uses as an intoxicant may have made him pass out.

Documents did not say what the spray is.

Both are charge with continuous sexual abuse of a child and If convicted both are facing no less than 25 year in prison, but it could be more.

Both have bonded out of jail on a 100 thousand dollar bond each.