Brothers plead not guilty to child sex abuse

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Two Texarkana brothers entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to child sex abuse at separate hearings in Bowie County.

Greggory Beckhom, 37, and Ricky Beckhom, 40, are both charged with the cotinuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 years of age. Both were indicted by a Bowie County grand jury last month and both entered pleas of not guilty Tuesday at hearings before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl, now 14, made an outcry in October to her mother of abuse that allegedly happened years before when she was between the ages of 4 and 8 years of age. During a meeting with a forensic interviewer Nov. 13 at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana, the teen described multiple instances of sexual assault by both men. The girl did not allege that the brothers ever acted together but reported that both abused her on many separate occasions.

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The girl allegedly reported that Ricky Beckhom assaulted her approximately 10 times when she was between the ages of 6 and 8. The girl described the abuse as “painful” and alleged that Ricky Beckhom told her “he didn’t care what she thought.”

The alleged victim reported that Greggory Beckhom began assaulting her when she was just 4 and that the abuse escalated when she was 6. The girl described repeated episodes of sexual assault by Greggory Beckhom and alleged that when she told him she did not want to engage in sexual activity he told her, “to be quiet or that he was going to make it hurt,” the affidavit states.

Ricky Beckhom allegedly denied the allegations during an interview with Texarkana, Texas, police Nov. 15. Greggory Beckhom allegedly admitted to sexual misconduct with the girl and reportedly told investigators he had “urges” when he would hug the girl.

Both brothers are being held in the Bowie County jail. Lockhart scheduled the men to return to court in February for pretrial hearings.

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