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Houston Co. jury sentences man to 25 years for sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl

Zeante Washington (Source: Houston County Jail) Zeante Washington (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County jury found a 20-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl while she was at her friend's house in the summer of 2014 and later sentenced him to 25 years in prison Thursday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Crockett Police officers were dispatched out to the child's house to talk her mother about an alleged sexual assault of a child.

When the officer arrived on the scene, the mother explained that several girls showed up at her house looking for her daughter because they wanted to fight her over Washington. The mom questioned her daughter about him and learned that Washington had been sending her daughter Facebook messages.

One of the messages stated that Washington wanted to hug and kiss the girl, the affidavit stated. After the mother questioned her daughter further, she learned that her child had been sexually assaulted, according to the affidavit.

The Crockett Police officer forwarded the case on to an investigator with the department. The mother, her daughter, and the investigator met at Harold's House in Lufkin. During the interview, the girl admitted that about a month ago, she was at her friend's house, and Washington was there at the same time.

The victim told the interviewer that her friend told her Washington wanted her to come to the bedroom. Once the girl entered the bedroom, Washington allegedly closed the door, pulled the girl's pants and panties down, and sexually assaulted her.

According to the affidavit, the victim told Washington to stop, but he refused. At some point, a male subject entered the room and punched Washington in the face, causing him to stop the alleged sexual assault.

A SANE exam was performed on the 10-year-old victim, and the nurse found injuries that were consistent with sexual assault.

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