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HEARTLAND, Texas — A Heartland man is being held on a $200,000 bond in a child sex abuse case and, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by inForney.com, there may be more victims.

70-year-old Alan Frederick Bearden was arrested on October 7, 2019, and is being held on a $200,000 bond at the Kaufman County Jail on a charge for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 — having been previously arrested earlier this year in connection with the case.

Police obtained a search warrant for Bearden's residence in the 4000 block of Houston Drive in Heartland. There, on May 8, 2019, investigators seized electronic devices, including an Apple iPhone 6S, an Apple tablet, and a Samsung tablet.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the victim told a forensic interviewer at the Kaufman County Children's Advocacy Center the abuse had been ongoing since she was in the 4th or 5th grade, more than 25 times, up until early 2019.

The affidavit also reveals, approximately two years prior to the latest incident, Bearden was observed by a police officer inappropriately touching the victim while they walked around Town East Mall. The victim later told her father Bearden had given her an Apple iWatch to communicate with her because he had became scared to text her after the Town East Mall incident.

The victim, according to the affidavit, also alleges there were other victims known to her that Bearden "touched."

Bearden was initially arrested in the case on May 10, 2019, and charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact. He was released the next day after posting a $50,000 bond.

A request for additional information has been made with the Crandall Police Department.