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Jury seated for trial of man accused of indecency with a child

Jury seated for trial of man accused of indecency with a child

January 11th, 2017 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

Donald Coleman

Donald Coleman

NEW BOSTON, Texas—A jury of eight women and four men was selected Tuesday in Bowie County to decide the fate of a Texarkana, Texas, man accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl.

Donald Ray Coleman, 34, was allegedly staying with the girl's mother when she went to visit in June.

The girl allegedly told a forensic interviewer at the Children's Advocacy Center that Coleman put his hand down her shirt June 17 and made statements that he intended to assault her again in the future, according to a probable cause affidavit
used to create the following account.

According to the affidavit, the girl made a previous outcry against Coleman in 2014 when she was 10. The girl's 19-year-old sister told investigators Coleman assaulted her when she was 13 or 14. The older sister told investigators the alleged abuse was reported to authorities.

"This was a fact documented and reported in 2010," the affidavit states. "Also, earlier this year, a child from Coleman's place of employment made an outcry of sexual abuse against Coleman."

Coleman was indicted for indecency with a child by contact Sept. 8 in connection with the June 2016 allegation. He was re-indicted Dec. 15 for the same alleged offense and for two more counts of indecency involving the same victim for contact that allegedly occurred in 2014, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards said. A second indictment handed down in December alleges sexual indecency and aggravated sexual assault involving a second alleged victim.

Coleman is only being tried on the cases alleged in the first indictment, although other alleged victims could be called to testify during a punishment phase of trial if Coleman is
found guilty.

If convicted of indecency with a child by contact, Coleman faces two to 20 years in prison on each of the three counts alleged in the first indictment. Opening arguments and testimony from the first of the state's witnesses are expected to begin this morning at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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