Eric McGowen Due In Court For Alleged R8pes Of 11-Year-Old Girl

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Eric McGowen is the first of several suspects to face trial for the repeated sexual assaults made against an 11-year-old girl in Texas.

LIBERTY, Texas — A 13-year-old Texas girl who authorities say was repeatedly sexually assaulted by 20 men and boys during a series of attacks two years ago cried Wednesday as a video of one of the encounters was played for jurors in the first case to go to trial.

The girl, testifying under a pseudonym, told the jury that 20-year-old defendant Eric McGowen and another man charged in the case took her to a house in Cleveland, a small Southeast Texas town where all the defendants and the girl lived, in October 2010. The girl, who was an 11-year-old at the time, said she was brought into what she described as the "baby room" in the house, and that several men or boys took turns having sex with her, including McGowen.

McGowen, one of 14 adults accused of having sex with the girl during a nearly three-month span, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors played a few minutes of a video in which they say a third man charged in the case was sexually assaulting the girl. The girl testified that McGowen was in the room at the time. The girl cried as the video was played and several jurors turned away from it.

"Did the guys just take turns with you?" prosecutor Joe Warren asked.

"Yes sir," the girl said.

Prosecutors say the girl was assaulted on at least five occasions from mid-September through early December of 2010.

Eight of the 20 defendants accused in the case have pleaded guilty, including all six juveniles. A gag order has prevented prosecutors and defense attorneys from commenting about the case.

Authorities began investigating that December after one of the girl's friends told a teacher he watched a cellphone video of her being ***** in an abandoned trailer.

The case sparked outrage in Cleveland, a community of roughly 9,000 residents 45 miles northeast of Houston. Some residents drew widespread condemnation for suggesting the girl was partly responsible because they say she wore makeup, looked older than her age and wasn't properly supervised by her parents.

The case also has been complicated by a belief among many in the predominantly black neighborhood where several of the suspects live that the arrests were racially motivated. All of the suspects are black, while the girl is Hispanic.

The trial is being held in nearby Liberty, the county seat.

On Tuesday, McGowen was dealt a setback when state District Judge Mark Morefield ruled that prosecutors could admit as evidence a videotaped police interview of McGowen in which he admitted he and eight other men took turns having sex with the girl, sometimes two at a time, the Houston Chronicle reported.

In the video, which was played in court without the jury present, McGowen initially denied ever touching the girl, but he later broke down and told investigators she performed oral sex on him. He said one of the others used a beer bottle on her.

Some of those present for the alleged attack made videos or took cellphone photos, McGowen said. Reporters weren't allowed in the courtroom when that footage was played.

McGowen's lawyer, Matthew Poston, sought unsuccessfully to have McGowen's statements to investigators deemed inadmissible, arguing that police had an arrest warrant for his client but hadn't served it when he was brought to the station for questioning, the paper reported.

Warren pointed out that McGowen was advised of his rights on video before he was questioned.

One of the two adults who pleaded guilty in the case received a 15-year prison term and the other is awaiting sentencing. The six juveniles each received 7-year prison terms that were suspended, putting them on probation for that amount of time.

Most of the adult defendants in the case face charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, while four face a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child
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I can't believe the kids got suspended sentences. Sent them to juvie

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Are those pieces of shit in a gang of some sort? Because it sure reads like it.
 
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Oh, and now this scumbag is on the loose after leaving the courthouse during a break in testimony yesterday and never returning. The judge has ordered the trial to continue despite his absence. Somehow the stupid judge has decided to increase his bail from $35,000 to $250,000 instead of saying that he is to be held without bail if/when he's caught due to the obvious flight risk.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/3...as-girl-sexual-assault-trial/?intcmp=trending

LIBERTY, Texas – Testimony has resumed without the defendant present in the first trial over the alleged sexual assault of a Texas middle school girl by 20 men and boys over several months two years ago.

Judge Mark Morefield said Thursday that 20-year-old Eric McGowen's trial will continue even though he hasn't been seen since disappearing during a break in testimony Wednesday, the trial's first day.

McGowen is the first of 14 adults to face trial in the case of repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl during three months in 2010.

Six juveniles also are charged in the attacks in Cleveland, a small town about 45 miles northeast of Houston.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys huddled briefly with Judge Mark Morefield after McGowen failed to return to the courtroom in nearby Liberty following an afternoon break Wednesday.

Morefield said a bench warrant had been issued and that the trial would go on without McGowen. Bail was increased from $35,000 to $250,000.

Defense attorney Matthew Poston and prosecutors did not comment on McGowen's disappearance because of a gag order. The Liberty County Sheriff's Office had no update early Thursday on whether the suspect had been found.

McGowen is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
 
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Are you fucking kidding me... and of course he is only 7 hours from the border.
 

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Six juveniles also are charged in the attacks in Cleveland, a small town about 45 miles northeast of Houston.
In other news, the state of Ohio has moved to Texas and been integrated as a county.
 
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I wonder if her body was able to shut the whole thing down, in order to not get pregnant.
(See what I did there...)
 
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***Convicted in Abstention***

Eric McGowen, Convicted Rapist, Fled Courtroom After Conviction

LIBERTY, Texas — The trial is over. There's a conviction and a steep prison sentence. But justice is on hold for a young Texas girl who prosecutors say was repeatedly sexually assaulted by 20 people.

The first man convicted in the case – Eric McGowen – is still on the lam after disappearing from the trial after the victim gave an emotional account of the attacks. While there's a warrant out for his arrest and authorities are searching, it puts the end of a horrific case on hold.

Prosecutors say the girl was sexually assaulted on at least five occasions from mid-September through early December of 2010 by 20 men and boys in Cleveland, 45 miles northeast of Houston.

McGowen, 20, was found guilty Thursday of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

The defendant was free on bail when he disappeared during a Wednesday afternoon break in proceedings, so authorities say a security detail was not required to watch or follow him. The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has declined to release any details about the search for McGowen, other than to say that he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

His disappearance is the latest twist in a case that has divided the small town of Cleveland, both because of the horrific allegations and suggestions from some residents that the girl was partly responsible because of her appearance. Police began investigating after one of the girl's classmates told a teacher he saw video of her being sexually assaulted in an abandoned trailer.

Prosecutors' case against McGowen included a videotaped confession and testimony from nearly a dozen witnesses, including the girl, who is now 13.

The girl, who testified using a pseudonym, briefly broke down in tears as jurors were shown a few minutes of video of the alleged sexual assault in October 2010. She described another attack that November, in a home then an abandoned trailer, during which she said McGowen assaulted her with a beer bottle.

Defense attorneys did not present any witnesses or evidence.

Jurors were swift in their decisions. They deliberated for just 20 minutes before finding him guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Then, after brief testimony in the punishment phase, they decided his sentence in less than 30 minutes.

The girl, her family and McGowen's relatives were not in the courtroom when the jury's decisions were announced. The Associated Press could not reach the girl's mother for comment. The girl has been in foster care since police began to investigate the sexual assaults.

McGowen's attorney, Matthew Poston, said he didn't know where his client had gone but that his mid-trial escape must have influenced the jury members. McGowen had faced a maximum life sentence.

All six of the juveniles and two of the 14 adults charged pleaded guilty. Trial dates have not been set for the 11 remaining defendants.

Asked how McGowen's guilty verdict might affect the other defendants' cases, Warren told reporters, "They better get their business straight."
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Oh and...

[h=1]Cleveland woman 'trusting in God' that grandson will turn himself in[/h]CLEVELAND - Mary Bradford helped raise her grandson, Eric McGowen, since he was in elementary school. Few people know the 20-year-old man better.

But Bradford said she has no idea about his whereabouts, two days after he vanished from a Liberty County courtroom, where he was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison for his role in a gang **** of an 11-year-old Cleveland girl. Bradford knows this much: McGowen should surrender.

"I'm just trusting God that he will turn himself in," said the 64-year-old Bradford on Friday, her graying hair pushed back from her face, as she peered from the front door of her small wooden house that has been repeatedly patched and appears in need of paint.

McGowen disappeared during a 10-minute break in his trial Wednesday at the Liberty County courthouse. His trial resumed without him, and the next day a jury handed him the maximum sentence that does not allow any parole on the "super" aggravated sexual assault charge.

McGowen is the first of 20 males to be tried for allegedly sexually assaulting the sixth-grade girl on several occasions in 2010, and his trial was being heavily covered by TV stations and newspapers.

Tightened security included checking all spectators with a metal detector before they entered the courtroom and banning cellphones, purses or recording devices.

But since McGowen was free on $35,000 bail, his movements could not be restricted, the court bailiff said. His attorney, Matthew Poston, was shocked when his client went for a bathroom break and never returned.

Help from friends

His grandmother said she and her husband of 47 years didn't post the bail money for McGowen. Her house would not provide enough collateral, as it's valued at only $11,900 on the tax rolls.

She would say only that "some friends" put up the money at ASAP Bail Bond in Liberty.

"I thought they should have let him stay there (in jail)," she said.

She acknowledged being at the courthouse on the day her grandson disappeared, but she was not allowed to enter the courtroom to hear testimony because she was a potential witness.

Her grandson's attorney had subpoenaed her possibly as a character witness and had her waiting outside.

"They turned me around twice when I tried to go in, and then when nobody came to get me, I left," she said.

She said something must have happened in the courtroom to trigger him to flee. She had never been privy to graphic videotapes and witness testimony about her grandson having oral sex with the victim and then using a beer bottle to assault her.

Bradford said she repeatedly has tried calling her grandson's cellphone but gotten no response.

"I guess he's thrown his phone away or something," she said.

Surrogate parent

She declined to discuss what happened to her grandson's natural parents. His mother is one of Bradford's four children.

She would say only that she became McGowen's surrogate parent when he was in fourth grade. His first run-in with police was when he was caught burglarizing a house at age 16, and that was followed by a conviction for evading arrest and burglarizing a school building, according to court records.

Growing up without one's natural parents can be difficult, she said. McGowen dreamed of becoming a professional basketball or football player.

Her grandson also has a 2-year-old daughter but was not married.

Talking about her grandson hurt so much that it made her head throb, she said.

"I just want to say that I hope he turns himself in," she said. "I don't want anything else ugly or nasty to happen."
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Yep it would be terrible if he died in a hail of bullets...
 
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***Follow Up***

Dammit they didn't shoot him...

Eric McGowan, **** Suspect, Captured By US Marshals

HOUSTON — A man who fled his trial a day before being convicted and sentenced in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Southeast Texas girl was captured Tuesday after being a fugitive for nearly two weeks, authorities said.

Eric McGowen, 20, was arrested after being found in an apartment in northeast Houston, said Alfredo Perez, a spokesman for the Marshals Service. Information provided to the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force led officials to McGowen, said Perez.

The fugitive was apparently caught by surprise, as he was sitting on a toilet when authorities entered the apartment and arrested him, said Capt. Steve Greene, a spokesman for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

Task force members turned McGowen over to Texas Rangers, who took him back to Liberty County, where he was convicted, Perez said. By Tuesday afternoon, McGowen was in the Liberty County jail, Greene said. Six law enforcement agencies coordinated the search for McGowen.

Both Greene and Perez declined to release further details about what led authorities to the apartment or who McGowen had been staying with. The Liberty County District Attorney's Office and McGowen's attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

The investigation regarding individuals who might have helped McGowen elude authorities continues, Greene said.

Authorities had been searching for McGowen since he fled his trial Aug. 29, the same day the girl tearfully testified about the attacks in her hometown of

Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston. McGowen had been free on bail at the time and never came back to court after a break in testimony.

The trial in the nearby county seat of Liberty went on without him, and McGowen was convicted the next day of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

McGowen was set to be formally sentenced in a Liberty courtroom Thursday before being transferred to the Texas prison system, Greene said.

McGowen was one of 20 men and boys who authorities say repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl on at least five occasions from mid-September through early December of 2010. He was the first defendant to stand trial in the case.

Before his trial, all six juveniles and two of the 14 adults charged had pleaded guilty. Since McGowen's conviction, four other adults have pleaded guilty and are set to be sentenced Sept. 21.

His disappearance was the latest twist in a case that divided the small town of Cleveland, both because of the horrific allegations and suggestions from some residents that the girl was partly responsible because of her appearance. Police began investigating after one of the girl's classmates told a teacher he saw video of her being sexually assaulted in an abandoned trailer.

Prosecutors' case against McGowen included a videotaped confession and testimony from nearly a dozen witnesses, including the girl, who is now 13. A defense attorney did not present any witnesses or evidence.

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Guess Eric should have pleaded out...

Men Sentenced In Sex Assault Of 11-Year-Old Texas Girl



Rayford Tyrone Ellis Jr., Timothy Daray Ellis desciption Rayford Tyrone Ellis Jr., right, and Timothy Daray Ellis, left, leave the Liberty County Courthouse after a status update in their cases Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in Liberty, Texas. Both men are among more than a dozen men accused of taking part in a series of sexual assaults on an 11-year-old girl that horrified and divided their small Southeast Texas town that appeared in court Monday.

LIBERTY, Texas -- Four men who pleaded guilty in the repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old Texas girl were each sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, terms they agreed to in deals with prosecutors.

Their sentencing hearings came after another man charged in the 2010 case chose to go to trial and was convicted and sentenced last month to 99 years in prison. Legal experts said his harsh punishment probably prompted the four sentenced Friday to plead guilty and will likely mean the seven defendants with cases still pending will seek their own plea deals.

Sentenced Friday were: Timothy Ellis, 20; his cousin, Rayford Ellis Jr., 21; Kelvin King, 23; and Jared McPherson, 20. All had pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated sexual assault of a child, and each must register as a sex offender once released from prison.

Rayford Ellis also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2008 case, while King pleaded guilty to another aggravated sexual assault charge in a 2009 case involving an attack on a different girl. Each received 15 years for those charges and will serve those sentences at the same time as the ones for assaulting the 11-year-old.

Each defendant was allowed to hug family members before being taken away by authorities. All except for Rayford Ellis had been free on bail. Relatives of the defendants declined to comment after the hearings.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors also declined to comment, citing a gag order in the case.
During his sentencing hearing, King told the judge he was unhappy with his attorney, Jerry Andress, and his plea deal.

"I feel like, well, my lawyer really didn't talk about the case," King said.

Afterward, King's father, Kevin King, and Andress argued outside the courtroom about the sentence. Both men declined to comment to reporters.

Prosecutors say the girl, now 13, was sexually assaulted on at least five occasions by 20 men and boys in the Southeast Texas town of Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston. The girl was 11 years old during the assaults from mid-September through early December 2010. Police began investigating that December after a classmate of the girl's told a teacher he had seen cellphone video of men having sex with her.

All six juveniles and six of the 14 adults charged, including those sentenced Friday, pleaded guilty. The only defendant to opt for a trial, Eric McGowen, was convicted and sentenced last month to 99 years in prison, but he wasn't in court to face his punishment. McGowen, who had been free on bail, skipped out during a break on the first day of testimony, which included the girl's tearful recounting of the assaults and McGowen's role in them. He was arrested two weeks later in Houston.

The four men sentenced Friday accepted their plea deals after McGowen was tried and convicted.
Legal experts said Friday the seven adult defendants who still have cases pending are probably going to avoid trial after seeing what happened with McGowen.

"Unless one of the remaining co-defendants has something brand new, we are not going to see any more trials from this point forward," said Grant Scheiner, a Houston criminal defense attorney not involved in the case.

Joel Androphy, another Houston attorney not connected to the case, said a 99-year prison sentence for one defendant would definitely scare his co-defendants into pleading guilty. But Androphy said he believes at least one of the remaining defendants will probably decide to take his chances at trial.

"Trials are a roll of the dice. You have to weigh it all and decide how to handle it," the attorney said.
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They aren't suspects once they have been convicted.

And if you are going to hold on to that terminology, use suspook.