Alleged victim in sex assault trial denies flirting

Marquis Stewart. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail
Marquis Stewart. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man on trial for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl told a jury Friday that his confession was not true.

Marquis Stewart, 20, said he did not understand the questioning from police. His attorney, John Tunnell, explained that his limited cognitive abilities made him say things he thought would please authority.

Stewart also told the jury he had been concerned about flirting from the alleged victim during that time and told his group home's case manager about her advances.

The defense then called Angie Beechum, Stewart's case worker from Feb. 2007 to April 2008.  She collaborated Stewart's testimony and said he was concerned about the alleged victim's constant calls.

The last witness to be called in the Stewart trial was the alleged victim.  He answered only a few questions about the defendant's testimony that she continually flirted with him prior to April and May of 2008.

She denied ever "coming on to him" and flirting with him. Prosecuting attorney Tony Latino asked her, "Did you ever indicate you wanted to have sex with Mr. Stewart?" She replied, "No, sir."

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