Former US Air Force general arrested for continuous sexual assault of minor in Hopkins County

HOPKINS COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general has been arrested for continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14.

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According to a probable cause affidavit, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Saturday and identified the driver as Mike McClendon, 69, who was “named to be a person of interest in a sexual assault investigation.”

Officials said McClendon was then asked to drive to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to speak with investigators, later arrested and taken to the Hopkins County Jail. Records show that the offense date was January 1, 2014.

<em>Mugshot of Mike McClendon, Courtesy of the Hopkins County Jail</em>
Mugshot of Mike McClendon, Courtesy of the Hopkins County Jail

McClendon graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975 and was awarded the air force distinguished service medal for his actions during the global war on terror which began on September 11, 2001. McClendon retired from the Air Force in 2009.

McClendon was later released from the Hopkins County Jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

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