Man charged with assault of child opts out of jury trial

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita Falls man charged in 2019 for sex crimes against an eight-year-old girl in Electra decides not to go before a jury on his charges this week and enters a guilty plea Monday morning.

Jury selection was to begin Monday morning, July 8, in 89th District Court for Hunter Vowell, 33, but he pleaded to two counts instead. Two other charges were dismissed.

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For aggravated sexual assault of a child, he received 12 years in prison, and for attempt to commit sexual indecency with a child, he received 10 years. The two sentences will be served concurrently.

Another count of aggravated sexual assault of a child allegedly committed on Christmas Eve, 2018, was dropped, as was one allegedly committed on Dec. 4, 2018.

Vowell was booked back into jail immediately after sentencing. He had been free on bond.

He was arrested in January 2019 on a charge filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety
for the alleged Christmas Eve assault.

The Electra Police Department contacted a Texas Ranger when the victim made an outcry about being assaulted by Vowell around Christmas time in a home in Electra.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in November and December 2018.

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