Bowie County grand jury indicts man accused of sexually assaulting two girls


A Bowie County man accused of sexually assaulting 12 and 15-year-old girls is facing a possible life sentence.

Randal Lee Wright, 56, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and second degree sexual assault of a child. He came to the attention of Bowie County sheriff’s investigators in September when the parents of a 12-year-old girl reported their daughter told them she had been raped by Wright at his home on Buchanan Road in Bowie County, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The 12-year-old told a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana that she and a 15-year-old relative of Wright’s were spending the evening together at Wright’s home Sept. 20. The girl alleges Wright was drinking and forced the girls to play “quarters” and consume alcohol as well.

The 12-year-old told investigators Wright forced her to undress and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom while the 15-year-old was present. The girl described the sheets on Wright’s bed as having a camouflage pattern. The sheets were collected by investigators.

According to the affidavit, the 15-year-old is intellectually disabled and reported to investigators and CAC staff that she has been sexually assaulted multiple times by Wright.

The grand jury handed down two separate indictments for Wright in December. One indictment charges him with aggravated sexual assault of a child for his alleged misconduct with the 12-year-old. If convicted, Wright faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

A second indictment accuses Wright of second degree sexual assault involving the 15-year-old. If convicted of that offense, Wright faces two to 20 years in prison. Wright is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Monday before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek.

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