Texarkana man accused of sexually abusing girls set for trial this month

Wright being sworn in before testifying Monday. (photo by Field Walsh)

A Texarkana man accused of sexually abusing three girls appeared before a Bowie County judge Monday.

Randal Lee Wright, 57, was indicted in 2015 for alleged sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old relative and her 12-year-old friend. Wright was allegedly drinking the night when the girls were spending the night at his Buchanan Road home on Sept. 20, 2015. Two indictments concerning the 15 and 12-year-old girls charge Wright with second degree sexual assault and with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

An indictment issued in December 2016 alleges the continuous sexual abuse of a third girl, age 13. According to a probable cause affidavit, Wright repeatedly abused the girl from 2012 to 2015. Wright has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Wright made a court appearance Monday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. He is represented by Texarkana lawyers Danny Cook and Kristian Young. Wright’s case is scheduled for jury selection April 25 at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas. First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd and Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter are prosecuting.

Wright is currently being held in the Bowie County jail. Bail on each count is set at $200,000. If convicted of second degree sexual assault, Wright faces two to 20 years in prison. If found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child or continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, Wright faces up to life in prison.

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