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story.lead_photo.caption Quartshezz Lewis

NEW BOSTON, Texas — Opening statements and testimony are expected to being this morning at the Bowie County courthouse in the trial of a man accused of molesting two young girls.

Quartshezz Lewis, 31, is being tried this week on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 involving a girl who was 6 when Lewis allegedly abused her multiple times in 2014 and 2015. The second alleged victim may testify as well though the jury will not be asked to specifically consider the charges related to her.

Lewis was arrested in 2019 after one of the girls made an outcry of abuse.

A jury of seven men and five women was chosen to decide the case Tuesday following jury selection at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.

Lewis is represented by Texarkana lawyer Jeff Harrelson. First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards are prosecuting.

Continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 is punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison. There is no parole from any sentence imposed for continuous sexual abuse of a child.

The trial is expected to take two days.

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