Lorena: Ex-Local Man Convicted In Child Sex Abuse Case

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A former Lorena man who was acquitted of a child sex charge in April was found guilty on a similar charge Thursday.

Christopher Robles (Jail photo)

LORENA (October 18, 2012)--After a mistrial and an acquittal on a similar charge, a former Lorena man was found guilty Thursday on the prosecution's third try.

Christopher Shannon Robles, 30, was found guilty in the aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 14, an incident that according to court documents happened in May 2002.

The jury deliberated about two-and-a-half hours before reaching the verdict.

The punishment phase of the trial was set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

It was Robles' third time in court for the same offense, although the first two trials involved an incident that happened at a different time and to a different victim.

A spokesman for the McLennan County District Attorney's office said Wednesday the first trial, in February, ended in a mistrial.

The case went back to trial on April on two counts in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a child who was only 6 years old at the time of the alleged offense, and ended in an acquittal after the jury deliberated just 90 minutes.

Prosecutors dismissed a third count connected to that charge at the close of the April trial.

In spite of the acquittal, Robles remained in custody in the McLennan County jail on subsequent charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child in a separate incident for which he's now on trial.

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