FIRST ON CBS7: Sheriff speaks out about Odessa minister charged with exposing himself to a child

ECTOR COUNTY, Tx (KOSA) -- UPDATE This article was updated to include the reporter's interview with Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis and bond information.

Ector County Sheriff's Deputies arrested David Ray King and charged him with exposing himself to a child.

King, who is 65-years-old, was in custody on Friday. The Sheriff's Office says King is a minister of a small church.

Sheriff Mike Griffis tells us that the judge set King's bond at $15,000 on Saturday and that he is being released at this time.

Griffis says this is an on-going investigation, and believes more victims could come forward.


Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said his office has been investigating the allegation for several weeks.

“Today we arrested a David Ray King for indecency with a child by exposure, felony 3. It was a previous incident that happened several months ago, apparently. We feel like there may be other things that we need to look into, so the investigation is continuing and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. We will prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Sheriff Griffis said King is in custody right now, but his bond will be set by a judge on Saturday.

“If your children are hanging out with individuals that you don’t know a whole lot about, I wouldn’t let my children hang out with them. This is a very unfortunate horrible case and there’s probably many more of them out there. And people need to keep an eye on their kids and make sure they know who their kids are with, and care who their kids are with,” he said.

The sheriff said the office will reach out to other community members.

“Right now, we’re just investigating this one incident. But we’re going to reach out to other individuals,” he said.

The sheriff said he encourages community members to contact authorities if they are a victim of a crime.

“If they feel like this individual, or another individual may have had contact with their children in an illegal way, they need to contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office or Odessa Police Department. And don’t waste any time doing it,” he said.