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Victoria woman's injury to a child trial begins

By Gheni_Platenburg
March 26, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2012 at 10:26 p.m.


A Victoria woman will go to trial Tuesday on two counts of injury to a child she left in the care of a convicted sex offender.

The 35-year-old woman faces two first-degree felony counts of injury to a child.

The Advocate does not print the name of sexual assault victims, so the defendant's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.

She was indicted on the charges in July 2011.

In November 2001, the woman caused serious mental injury to a child younger than 14 years of age when she allowed Gerald Graves, 43, to babysit the boy even after Graves told her he had previously touched him inappropriately, according to the indictment.

She also allowed Graves to babysit again in October 2003, during which time Graves sexually assaulted the victim again.

In July 2011, a jury found Graves, 43, guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 14, which is a first-degree felony. Graves also received two counts of indecency with a child.

He received three life sentences, which are to be served concurrently, for each of the three aggravated sexual assault counts.

Additionally, he received a life sentence for the first count of indecency with a child and 10 years for the second indecency count.

That was Graves' second child-related conviction.

He received deferred adjudication probation after being convicted of felony indecency with a child in September 2000.

The woman is being represented by Patti Lea Hutson.

Victoria County Assistant District Attorney Johna Stallings is prosecuting the case.

The case is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in District Judge Stephen Williams' courtroom.

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