BELTON — A jury trial for a former Killeen man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl began Monday in Bell County District Court.
Angel Luis Martinez Jr., 35, of Puerto Rico, faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of child for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl in 2003, according to prosecutors.
Martinez, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was arrested in 2012, after the victim told her mother, and later Killeen police, about the alleged incident.
After opening statements, the jurors heard from the prosecution’s first witness, the alleged victim, now 17. She said the rape occurred in her bedroom in August 2003, when Martinez is said to have come into her bedroom and put a pillow over her face as he sexually assaulted her.
She said she didn’t tell anyone about what had happened until 2012, after she began having trouble at school, and after she cut her wrists at home.
“All these years I’d been keeping this inside of me. It was tearing at me,” she told jurors.
In his cross-examination, Martinez’s lawyer, Harker Heights attorney Thomas Seigman, questioned the girl about the timeline of events, noting that her mother didn’t go to police until April 16, five days after her daughter told her about the incident.
The trial will continue today Bell County 426th District Court with Judge Martha Trudo presiding. If convicted, Martinez could face up to life in prison.