Trial set for Texarkana man accused of molesting boy


Trial is set for later this month for a 48-year-old Texarkana, Ark., man accused of molesting a young boy more than a decade ago.

Freddie Russell Turner allegedly molested a boy he is related to by a past marriage beginning when the boy was 6 or 7 years old in approximately 2003, according to a probable cause affidavit. The alleged victim reported the case to Texarkana, Ark., police last year. He is now an adult.

According to the affidavit, Turner would abuse the boy when other adults were not present at a residence in Texarkana, Ark.

Turner is charged with two counts of rape of a child under 14, two counts of sexual assault second-degree, and three counts of sexual indecency with a child.

The indecency charges are punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Each count of sexual assault is punishable by five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000. Each count of rape is punishable by 25 to 40 years or life in prison.

Jury selection is scheduled for July 29 before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson. Turner is represented by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell is prosecuting.

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