Texas Constable Candidate Charged with Sexually Assaulting Minors

Sexual Assault Charges Filed Against Texas Man Running For Constableship
Edward Lynn Malkey
Lee County Sheriff's Office

02/29/2016 AT 03:10 PM EST

A 51-year-old candidate for a constable position in Texas stands accused of sexually assaulting minors, according to indictments obtained by PEOPLE.

Law enforcement officials have arrested Edward Lynn Malkey twice since Jan. 10, when he was initially charged with the 2012 sexual assault of a child younger than 17.

Affidavits further allege Malkey was arrested on Feb. 18 – this time, for touching the breast of a child younger than 17.

That second charge stems from an incident police claim occurred during the spring of 2014, according to court records.

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Investigators also say Malkey threatened to commit suicide in front of a child younger than 15 nearly a year ago. According to affidavits, the constable candidate placed "a firearm in his mouth" and asked "a third party to pull the trigger."

The affidavit does not provide the ages and sexes of Malkey's alleged victims.

Malkey, who has been charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact, sexual assault of a child, and abandoning or endangering a child via criminal negligence, is currently running unopposed for constable of Texas' Lee County in this fall's election.

He's being held on $100,000 bond. Information about his defense lawyer was unavailable Monday morning.
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