FLASH STAFF REPORT
September 14, 2020
Anthony (Tony) Yocham, 56, who was the Hamilton Police Chief until his arrest, was relieved of his duties due to his conduct. According to officials in Hamilton, Yocham was hired as the city’s top cop in January 2019 and is “on unpaid administrative leave pending the grand jury determination regarding indictment or further information. Rene Silva is in charge of day to day operations.” Despite working in Hamilton, Yocham was living in Somervell County where he is well known and recently had unsuccessfully ran for sheriff of Somervell County.
According to a release from Somervell County Chief Deputy Dwayne Griffin, Yocham was arrested after the department received information regarding a possible sexual assault of a child. The charge is a first degree felony and holds a term of 25 to 99 years and the possibility of a fine up to $10,000. The Somervell SO conducted a preliminary investigation and then contacted the Texas Rangers, who arrested Yocham and booked him into the Johnson County Jail on Saturday where he was given a $500,000 bond.
The release said, “On Tuesday September 8, the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the possible sexual assault of a child which had occurred in Somervell County. Upon preliminary investigation, Anthony (Tony) Wayne Yocham was identified as a person of interest in which probable cause was found to support the commission of a criminal offense.
The Texas Rangers were contacted to review the information gathered. A warrant of arrest was secured by the Rangers from a District Judge who set the bond at $500,000. Mr. Yocham was arrested on the charge of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child and transported to the Johnson County Jail. Mr. Yocham posted bond and was subsequently released. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers.”