(CBS/KENS) LIBERTY, Texas - Eric McGowen, the 20-year-old Texas man who fled the courtroom during a break in his trial Wednesday, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 2010. But he remains on the run, reports CBS affiliate KENS.
The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has declined to release any details about the search for McGowen - who was free on bail and thus not watched a security detail during the trial - other than to say that he is believed to be armed and dangerous.
KENS reports that according to prosecutors, McGowan is just one of 20 men and boys who
took part in sexually assaulting the girl on at least five occasions
when she was 11-years-old in 2010.
Prosecutors' case against McGowen included a videotaped confession and testimony from nearly a dozen witnesses, including the girl, who is now 13.
The girl, who testified using a pseudonym, briefly broke down in tears as jurors were shown a few minutes of video of the alleged sexual assault in October 2010, reports KENS. She described another attack that November, in a home then an abandoned trailer, during which she said McGowen assaulted her with a beer bottle.
Defense attorneys did not present any witnesses or evidence.
Jurors deliberated for just 20 minutes before finding him guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Then, after brief testimony in the punishment phase, they decided his sentence in less than 30 minutes.
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