Inez man acquitted of sexual assault of a child
A 22-year-old Inez man was acquitted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a child.
Chantz Montana Alford was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met on a social media site Oct. 21, 2012.
The jury began hearing evidence Tuesday and deliberated for a little less than two hours Wednesday.
"I respect the process and appreciate the jury's service even if I disagree with the result," Assistant District Attorney Brendan Guy said Thursday.
The state called nurses who examined the girl and played a videotaped interview with a Victoria County Sheriff's Office investigator in which Alford admitted to picking up the girl as she was attempting to run away.
Defense attorney Dawn Allison, of El Campo, meanwhile, called to the stand one of the victim's family members, who testified about the girl lying, and the former Palacios police chief.
Guy highlighted 45 pages of text messages Alford sent to the girl before the alleged assault.
In the text messages, Alford agreed to drive her to Victoria if she had sex with him. At one point, he asked if she was a police officer, Guy said.
Attorneys also disagreed about a bite mark on her body and whether Alford knew the girl was 15 beforehand.
Alford said he discovered how young she was when he picked her up, but the girl said her social media profile listed she was underage, and that did not deter him, Guy said.
"I appreciate the jurors listening to the evidence and coming to the right decision," Allison said. "They obviously took their responsibility seriously, and that's all I ask of a jury."