Trial of Lufkin man accused of sexually assaulting 6-year-old gets underway

Trial of Lufkin man accused of sexually assaulting 6-year-old gets underway

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - During the first day of testimony in the trial of a Lufkin man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in November of 2013, a former Harold's House employee testified that the alleged victim acted out how she was assaulted during her forensic interview.

William James "Pookie" Taylor, 36, was arrested on Nov. 14, 2013. He was originally charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. Since then, he has been indicted on a total of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Taylor's jury trial is being held in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court.

One of the witnesses the state called to the stand Wednesday Candy Hartman, who works with the Lufkin Police Department. Hartman explained that she used to work at Harold's House, a Lufkin child advocacy center.

During her testimony, Hartman explained that she does anatomical drawings to help victims explain what happened during their forensic interviews.

"I ask them if they know the difference between each body part and to demonstrate," Hartman said.

Hartman testified that the girl told her that those areas were the ones that Taylor assaulted with his fingers and "male body parts."

When Hartman met with the alleged victim, she asked the girl to name the female and male body parts on the drawing. She told the jurors that the girl referred to female genitalia as "tutu" and described the rear end area of a person as a "butt."

The former Harold's House employee said the girl acted out what had happened by bending over and lying on her back to demonstrate her positions during the assaults. Hartman also said the alleged victim told her the alleged sexual assaults occurred on several occasions.

"Her demeanor was very calm when she talked," Hartman said. "She said it hurt."

Norma Sanford was called as the next witness. She is a registered nurse and assault examiner.

She said during her examination she discovered the child had thinned walls. And there were no signs of tearing. The child was cleaned before her physical exam, Sanford said.

Prosecutor April Ayers-Perez then called David Wells, who was an investigator with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office during the investigation, to the stand. While he was on the stand, Wells played audio of his interview with Taylor.

In the audio, Wells asked Taylor to identify himself as a victim, suspect, or witness, and Taylor responded that he felt like a victim that morning.

After Wells read Taylor his Miranda Rights, he told the investigator that the woman he had been in a relationship with for more than three years started to act out of character on the day he was arrested. When Wells asked Taylor if he knew why he was there, he started to cry and said no.

Later in the audio, Taylor told the ACSO investigator the victims mother told him earlier that day not worry about the kids when he asked where they were. Taylor added that he tried to call her several times that day.

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