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Angelina County judge declares mistrial for man accused of sexually assaulting child

Tivirus Craft (Source: Angelina County Jail) Tivirus Craft (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

An Angelina County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of the Trinity man accused of continuously sexually assaulting a child under the age of 14.

Judge Bob Inselmann declared the mistrial Wednesday afternoon after the jury in his 217th Judicial District Court couldn’t come to an agreement on whether to convict Craft.

Inselmann’s decision marks the second mistrial for Craft. The judge declared a mistrial in the case because of a hung jury back in February.

The jury started deliberating on Craft’s guilt or innocence Wednesday afternoon, and after they recessed for the night, they resumed deliberating at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

On Wednesday, the defense attorney argued that the victim was sexually assaulted, but the crime was committed by a family member on her father’s side.
Craft was arrested on the charge back in June of 2016. 

A witness took the stand and said when the victim told her she was sexually assaulted by Craft, she believed her at first, but something made her thoughts change.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin PD detective was present when a Harold’s House forensic interviewer talked to the 10-year-old victim on Oct. 5, 2015. The girl’s father made the initial outcry about Craft’s alleged sexual abuse of his daughter. The girl’s father told police that his daughter told him that Craft had touched her inappropriately numerous times over the last three years.

The affidavit stated that the girl’s father told the detective his daughter told him that Craft had touched her arm, breast, and “private area” and that he had sexually assaulted her.

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