Crime divides family: Man convicted of sexual abuse

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:09 AM
By MAGGIE KIELY, Bryan College Station Eagle

More than a dozen relatives of a 38-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing two of his nephews were in a Bryan courtroom Tuesday for the punishment phase of his trial, but it was obvious that the case has divided the family.

The victims sat with their parents while several of their aunts, uncles and cousins were across the aisle, gathered in support of the Houston man who was found guilty Monday of four counts of indecency with a child.

The break-up of the once close-knit family started when the nephews brought forward reports that their uncle had inappropriate sexual relations with them on many occasions starting in 1995 and ending in 2003, one of the victims testified.

He was one of three witnesses whom assistant district attorneys Brian Baker and John Brick called on during the one-day punishment hearing.

Jurors are expected to go into deliberations Wednesday morning. Each second-degree felony conviction is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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