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Jury Finds Leija Jr. Guilty of Four Counts of Aggravated Sex Assault of Child
After four-and-a-half hours of deliberation in an aggravated sexual assault of a child case, the jury finally reaches a verdict.
They found Antonio Leija Jr. guilty on all four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child from January 2003 through May 2006 when the girl was between the ages of 11 and 14.
Defense attorney Michael Payne made two mistrial motions this morning, both of which 78th District Judge Barney Fudge overruled.
Closing arguments then got underway and lead prosecutor Dobie Kosub told jurors the case rests on one question: who's lying to them.
Kosub says the victim would have no reason to make up these accusations.
He says she would not want to have endured the embarrassment of telling a room full of strangers about the sexual assault she endured.
But, he says Leija does have reasons to lie, and those include to keep his marriage in tact and to not go to prison.
Kosub says Leija saw the victim was a perfect target because she looked to him as a father figure, both her parents are deaf, and her brother has a disability.
Payne said the victim claims she had been sexually assaulted by Leija in her home 149 times and says that if that were true, that one of the many people who lived in the home would have heard about the assault, but they didn't, which is why he asked the jury find his client not guilty.
The punishment phase of the trial gets underway at 9 a.m. Monday.
Kosub says the victim in this case wants to overcome what happened to her.
He says she hopes to open a music education non-profit organization for sexual abuse victims.