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Trial begins for Corrigan man accused of continuously molesting young girl

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Benito Acevdeo (Source: Angelina County Jail) Benito Acevdeo (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

During a jury trial for a Corrigan man accused of continuously assaulting a young girl under the age of 14 in 2012, the state called the girl's grandmother to the stand.

Benito Acevedo, 35, appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Monday for his jury trial. He was originally charged with two counts of first-degree felony continuous sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 when he was arrested in June of 2012.

After assistant prosecutors Sandra Martin and John Peralta called Angelina County Sheriff's Office Lt. Sergio Luna to the stand, they called the girl's grandmother to the stand.

During her testimony, she recounted several incidents of sexual abuse at Acevedo's hands that her granddaughter told her about. She said her granddaughter told her about Acevedo touching her inappropriately, but she didn't say anything about sexual intercourse.

The grandmother told the jurors that her daughter said she had been “messed with” while the family was living in Angelina County and in Bryan.

Following a short break, the defense continued to cross examine the alleged victim's grandmother.

Later Monday, the state called Cliff Trevathan to the stand. Trevathan, who currently works for the Zavalla Police Department, was an ACSO investigator at the time of Acevedo's arrest. He told the jurors that he witnessed the forensic interview of the victim at Harold's House and interviewed Acevedo.

Then the prosecutors played the video of Acevedo's interview by Trevathan and other ACSO investigators. During the videotaped interview, Acevedo detailed what happened between him and alleged the victim. At one location, oral sex occurred, and fondling occurred at another, Acevedo said in the video.

During the afternoon testimony, the state called Jennifer Claude, who has worked as an investigator for Child Protective Services for 14 years, to the stand. Claude told the jurors that she conducted the forensic interview with the victim at Harold's House on May 9, 2012.

The forensic interviewer said that she was confident the girl was telling the truth about what had happened to her. During his cross examination, defense attorney Al Charanza Jr. asked Claude if she thought the alleged victim could have "pseudo memory" or was making things up that she couldn't remember. Claude responded that she was confident the victim wasn't making the incident up and added that the girl would correct her during the interview if she had a date wrong or details switched.

The girl's mother took the stand at 2:33 p.m. Monday. Responding to questions from Martin, she recounted both incidents, explaining that her husband had called while she was at work to tell her what had happened. She said the first incident occurred when her daughter was 4 or 5 and involved oral sex. The alleged victim's mother said she thinks the second incident, which involved inappropriate touching, occurred when her daughter was in the 5th grade,

Under cross examination by Charanza, the girl's mother testified that she initially didn't believe her daughter "because she has a history of lying."

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