Nacogdoches man gets 12 months in county jail for assaulting 9-year-old girl

Jerry Merchant (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Jerry Merchant (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 30-year-old Nacogdoches man accepted a plea bargain deal for 12 months in the county jail Friday for an assault that injured a 9-year-old girl in July 2012.

Jerry Duane Merchant appeared in Ed Klein's 420 Judicial District Court in Nacogdoches Friday morning for a plea bargain hearing for a felony charge of injury to a child. As part of the plea bargain, the charge was downgraded to assault-family violence, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the report, Nacogdoches Police officers responded to a disturbance call late in the evening of July 4, 2012. When they arrived on scene at a residence in the 800 block of Oakhill Plaza Drive,  the caller told the officers that Merchant had assaulted a 9-year-old girl.

Merchant was arrested at the scene and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail.

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