Sexual assault defendant accused of retaliation

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A man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 was arrested Monday on a warrant for retaliation.

Jason Scott Estes, 30, was taken into custody Monday when he showed for a final pretrial hearing in his sexual assault of a child case before 5th District Judge Bill Miller. Estes allegedly made contact with the alleged victim’s family despite such contact being in violation of his bond.

Miller revoked Estes current bond Monday but set a new bail at $75,000 at the request of his attorney, Mike Lusk of Texarkana. Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards said Estes is facing a new charge of retaliation, a third degree felony punishable by two to ten years in prison, for the alleged contact with the girl’s family.

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Estes was reportedly staying at the teen’s home during August and September 2014 while separated from his wife, according to a probable cause affidavit used to create the following account. The girl allegedly told a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana that Estes had sex with her multiple times in her parent’s home. Two other witnesses were contacted who allegedly told investigators Estes bragged about having sex with the teen.

Jury selection in the sexual assault of a child case is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas. If convicted, Estes faces two to 20 years in prison. Estes has not been formally indicted in connection with the alleged retaliation.

Testimony in the sexual assault trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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