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Kansas man charged with sexual assault of Tyler teen

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Kansas man was in a Smith County Courtroom Tuesday morning, facing sexual assault of a child charges.

Matthew Howell, 26, has been sitting in the Smith County Jail since September 2013.

According to the Smith County District Attorney's Office, Howell met a 16-year-old East Texas girl on the internet and traveled to Tyler to meet her. Prosecutors say Howell brought the girl gifts and had sex with her multiple times.

The district attorney's office says Howell was already prosecuted in Kansas for computer crimes involving the same victim.

Smith County Judicial records showed that Howell proceeded to trial Tuesday.

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