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Jury acquits defendant of sexual abuse charge
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BEEVILLE — An eight-man, four-woman jury returned a not guilty verdict on June 29, clearing a 41-year-old man of a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Defense attorney Louis D. Martinez of San Antonio said the five-day trial before District Judge Joel Johnson had been a difficult one.

The defendant, Derek Edward Calero of Beeville, has been accused of repeatedly having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14 between June 17, 2009, and June 21, 2011.

Numerous officers from the Beeville Police Department testified for the prosecution, led by Assistant District Attorney Deborah Branch.

The jury was told that the victim, now 14, was 12 and 13 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Martinez said he argued that the defendant had a history of being a strict father and the alleged victim had made a false outcry in an effort to end the discipline.

He said Calero also had no previous criminal record and he had a distinguished record of military service and as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

“The jury was out less than an hour,” Martinez said. Usually, when a jury comes back with a verdict that soon, it means they have a guilty decision.

“We were very pleased with the verdict,” Martinez said.

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