Trial for Center man accused of sexually assaulting 2 boys gets under way

Trial for Center man accused of sexually assaulting 2 boys gets under way

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The jury trial for a Center man accused of sexually assaulting two boys back in 2011 started Tuesday morning.

Michael Anthony Anderson appeared in Judge Edwin Klein's 420th Judicial District Courtroom in Nacogdoches. Anderson is facing 11 sexual assault charges.

In her opening arguments, Janet Cassels, a prosecutor with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office, told the jury Anderson is charged for sexually assaulting two boys where Anderson progressively disrobed and performed sexual acts. Cassels said the victims attempted to tell the adults around them during the time of the incidents.

Defense attorney Noel Cooper countered during his opening remarks and told the jury to consider listening to all the evidence, but most importantly, pay close attention to what is not being said during testimony.

Bill Murphy, a special investigator with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, explained to the jury how he received the interview reports from authorities in Houston of a crime involving sexual allegations from May to December 2011 which happened in the county.

One of the two victims took the stand next. The victim told the jury details of how Anderson was involved in their lives. The victim said the sexual acts started one day when he came home from school. He said Anderson asked him to lie on the bed, and Anderson put his arm over him. In the following incidents, Anderson asked the boy to disrobe progressively.

"Each incident, I would remove more and more clothes. I would be fondled through my clothing on and then fondled when all clothing was removed," the victim said.

The boy continued and said Anderson, who he referred to as "Mikey" would also undress at the same rate as the victim.

During one incident, the victim said Anderson asked him to touch him in his private parts.

"I didn't want to, but I was forced to," the victim said. "It was painful. I felt violated. It was not OK."

The victim told the jury that he didn't tell his mother because his younger brother had tried once, and the mother called him a liar. Fearing being labeled a liar, the victim chose to go the back of their travel-trailer home in Garrison, and cry.

After experiencing the trauma for more than 30 days, the victim chose to go to a friend's house instead of going home.

The defense argued back, bringing up an incident in 2015, where the victim was caught deleting photographs and text messages which were sexual in nature. Cooper asked the victim about text messages which were later confirmed were evidence of sexual nature with two gentlemen.

A forensic analyst testified next, telling the jury of an interview she conducted with the victim in Houston in 2015. The analyst said that during her interview of the victim, the victim said Anderson coerced him by body-positioning the victim to perform sexual acts conducted by Anderson.

The second victim took the stand next who told the jury numerous time Anderson would put his hands down the victim's pants and grope him.

"I was mostly ashamed," the second victim said, explaining how he felt after each incident. "I felt powerless. I felt dirty, unclean. I knew it was wrong, but I was too scared to do anything about it."

The victim said Anderson would ask him to clean up after each incident and flip the mattress.

An investigator with NCSO said, after further questioning of a report of a sex offense, the allegations were not proved because at the time in 2012 forensic interview was not conducted.

In January 2012, a CPS case worker interviewed a victim after a report was filed by the step-dad, but the case was closed based on a ruling that Anderson was no longer part of the victim's lives. CPS said their aim is to ensure children are not in any present danger. In addition, the CPS case worker said ruling to close the case was a call she regrets.

State will continue presenting evidence on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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