U.S. Marshals and Ector County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 40-year-old Odessa man Wednesday morning on a grand jury indictment that accuses him of sexually assaulting a child 24 times over a period of nearly two years.
James Walter Roczniak, 1501 Zeneta Ave., was being held Wednesday evening at Ector County Detention Center on bonds totaling $140,000. Roczniak was also wanted on felony warrants of driving while intoxicated, and the jail listed him as charged with such.
The indictment, filed on Oct. 23 and unsealed Wednesday, did not give the age of the child. But the documents say the first known assault happened around July 4, 2007, and the last happened around June 4, 2009, when the victim was still under 17.
Marshals and Sheriff’s deputies found Roczniak hiding under a house on Yukon in north Odessa and arrested him without incident, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brent Sheets said. The Sheriff’s deputies were assigned to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
Marshals would not give an address or block number. Roczniak knew the residents of the house, Sheets said, but it was unclear whether he had been living there.
Authorities learned Roczniak was at the address through interviews and investigation, Sheets said. Sheets declined to elaborate, but suggested investigators received information within the last few days, after which they began investigating heavily.
“A felony warrant comes out of this nature and we start looking for them pretty hard,” Sheets said. “The public doesn’t want these types of people out.”