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Victoria man found not guilty of indecency with a child

By BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 31, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.


After about two and a half hours of deliberation, a jury found a Victoria man not guilty of indecency with a child Thursday.

Robert Alex Douglas, 38, was charged with touching the genitalia of a child younger than 17 on Feb. 13, 2008, and July 2, 2012.

Assistant District Attorney Eli Garza said the facts of the case were complicated, especially because the victim's family member testified on behalf of the defendant.

He said the victim's history of mental illness may have also played a role in the decision.

"It was a hard case for the jury and a hard case to try, but I felt 100 percent that he did it," Garza said.

Testifying in his own defense on Wednesday, Douglas said he suffered from what he now realizes are flashbacks of sexual abuse he witnessed as a child. He said one such flashback occurred while he was changing the child's diaper. He denied any wrongdoing then and later, when police were called to his house after he allegedly kissed the victim while the two shared a bed together.

His attorney, Stephen Wood Byrne, could not be reached for comment.

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