Man who allegedly turned himself in for child sex abuse set for trial

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A man who allegedly turned himself in for child sexual abuse is scheduled for a jury trial in August in Bowie County.

Brandon Lee Loftin, 35, appeared with Assistant Public Defender Clayton Haas before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell earlier this week for a pretrial hearing. Tidwell set the case for jury selection Aug. 12.

llegedly confessed Jan. 13 that years before he had engaged in repeated sexual contact with a girl who was 5 or 6 years of age at the time. The abuse allegedly occurred at least five years ago at a residence in Texarkana, Texas.

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Investigators with the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department contacted the girl’s mother and made arrangements for the child to meet with a trained forensic interviewer in the jurisdiction where she resides. The girl allegedly confirmed that Loftin had sexually abused her on multiple occasions from the time she was in kindergarten until she was approximately 10 years old.

The offense with which Loftin is charged, continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, is punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison.

Loftin is currently being held in the Bowie County jail. Bond is set at $250,000.

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