1st trial to begin in alleged rapes of Texas girl
LIBERTY, Texas (AP) -- The first trial stemming from the alleged repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Southeast Texas by a group of 20 males is set to begin.
Opening statements in the trial of 20-year-old Eric McGowen were scheduled for Wednesday in Liberty.
McGowen is among 14 adults charged in the case. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Two other adults and six juveniles have pleaded guilty in the case.
Authorities say the girl was assaulted at least five times in 2010 by males ranging in age from a middle school student to a 28-year-old. The alleged rapes took place in Cleveland, located about 45 miles northeast of Houston. Prosecutors allege McGowen assaulted the girl in October 2010.