Second Man Convicted In Gang Rape Of Texas Girl

LIBERTY (November 28, 2012)--A jury Wednesday in Liberty convicted a second man for his role in the attack on an 11-year-old girl who authorities say was raped by 20 males.

Jared Len Cruse was convicted Wednesday of aggravated sexual assault.

Jurors later decided on a life prison sentence.

Cruse faced a minimum of 25 years.

His trial began Tuesday.

The first man tried in the case, Eric McGowen, was convicted and sentenced in August to 99 years in prison.

McGowen fled before he was convicted, but was arrested two weeks later in Houston.

Prosecutors say the girl, who’s now 13, was raped in 2010 on at least five occasions in Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston.

Six juveniles and six adults previously pleaded guilty in the case.