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A grand jury has declined to indict a former Houston Chronicle sports reporter on felony charges of attempted sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a child, court records show.

Hunter Atkins, 32, was charged with the felonies in June 2020, but a grand jury on Friday declined to indict him. The decision effectively means the charges against him are dismissed.

“A prosecutor presented the felony cases to a grand jury, which determined that there was insufficient evidence for an indictment,” Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement.

Schiller said he was unable to disclose what evidence was presented to the grand jury.

Prosecutors on Tuesday moved to dismiss a harboring-a-runaway charge — a misdemeanor — against Atkins following the grand jury decision.

The case started in December 2019 when Atkins was accused of having a 15-year-old girl at his apartment without her parent’s consent. Atkins left the Chronicle in February 2020.

Atkins’ lawyer, Nicole DeBorde, said Tuesday that the misdemeanor charge was dismissed because the allegation was based on the same evidence as the felony cases.

“We appreciate the grand jury’s hard and thoughtful work and are glad they realized that no crime occurred,” DeBorde said.

DeBorde went on to say that the girl did not testify before the grand jury.

“She has never suggested a crime occurred,” the attorney said.

According to court records, the Missouri City Police Department had contacted the Harris County Constable’s Office, Precinct 1, about a runaway girl. The child’s mother had found inappropriate photos and texts of a sexual nature on the girl’s phone, as well as her location in the Museum District.



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