Trial begins for Victoria man accused of indecency with a child
BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:30 a.m.
The trial will resume 9 a.m. Wednesday before Judge Robert C. Cheshire. The prosecution is expected to call four witnesses.
A jury trial began Tuesday for a 38-year-old Victoria man charged with two counts of indecency with a child under 17.
Robert Alex Douglas is accused of touching the victim's genitalia Feb. 13, 2008, and July 2, 2012, according to a July 2012 indictment.
During a videotaped interview with investigators shown to the jurors Tuesday, Douglas said he was falsely accused of having an erection while changing the child's diaper.
He said he suffered from visions at that time and didn't remember touching the victim inappropriately. He said he is not sexually attracted to children.
Douglas' attorney, Stephen Wood Byrne, could not be reached for comment.
Indecency with a child is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A fine up to $10,000 could also be assessed.
Assistant District Attorney Eli Garza declined to comment about the case until a verdict was reached.