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Jury finds Huntington man accused of sexually abusing young girl not guilty

Scott Riley (Source: Angelina County Jail) Scott Riley (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Scott Riley testifies in court. (Source: KTRE Staff) Scott Riley testifies in court. (Source: KTRE Staff)

An Angelina County jury returned a not guilty verdict in the ongoing of the 33-year-old Huntington man who is accused of sexually abusing a young girl on multiple occasions. The jury came back with its verdict a little more than two and a half hours of deliberation.

It was a very divided courtroom Wednesday morning as friends and supporters of Scott Charles Riley sat on one side and friends, family, and supporters of the victim on the other.

Riley was initially arrested and charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 in March 2013 for allegedly molesting a young girl on multiple occasions. Riley’s trial is being held in Judge Paul White’s 159th Judicial District Court.

The jury found Riley not guilty of continuous sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and all lesser charges.

According to a previous story, Riley posted his $50,000 bail and was released from the Angelina County Jail one day after his arrest.

Riley pleaded not guilty to the charges read to him by the state.

Assistant District Attorney Katrina Carswell began her closing arguments by telling the jury that there is only one question they have to answer - whether or not Scott Riley is guilty.

The state told the jury that there is more than enough evidence to find him guilty. The state said the victim’s testimony is very detailed, very credible, and very consistent.

Carswell said the victim walked around for more than a year with fear and confusion on her mind.

Carswell told the jury that they are not bound by dates and then reminded them all the different times the alleged molestation and inappropriate sexual acts with a child occurred.

Riley’s defense attorneys, Scott and John Tatum, started their closing arguments by asking the jury to simply look at the facts. Scott Tatum pointed out that the victim said the first time the sexual abuse happened, it happened in the RV camper. The defense said the RV wasn’t purchased until November 2011 and wasn’t moved to Lufkin until December 2011.

Scott Tatum said that the victim’s mother testified that the victim became quiet and withdrawn after her outcry, but for two years of alleged sexual abuse, she was well-adjusted and happy. The defense attorney said that didn’t make any sense that the victim’s behavior would change only after the outcry of abuse.

Scott Tatum said Scott Riley did not do this and asked the jury to find him not guilty. The defense said in this case there is reasonable doubt.

In closing, the Carswell reminded the jury again that the dates were not important and that the victim described the different things that were in the RV. The state says that camper paperwork was dated in December 2013 after the defendant was accused. She said the paperwork doesn’t prove that the camper wasn’t there and certainly doesn’t prove that the abuse never happened.

Carswell said Scott Riley lied on the stand. He said he was never alone with the girl.

The state closed their arguments by asking the jury to take into account the facts, give the victim peace of mind, and find the defendant guilty of the highest charge continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

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