HOUSTON Jury selection started Monday for another man accused of gang raping a Cleveland Middle school student.
Jared Cruse is the second person to be tried in the rape of the 11-year-old girl. Fourteen adults and six juveniles accused of raping the girl were charged. Investigators said the sexual assaults occurred during a nearly three-month span in 2010.
Eric McGowen was the first to go on trial. On August 30, jurors sentenced McGowen to 99 years and a $10,000 fine for aggravated sexual assault.
The mother of the young victim expressed relief after hearing McGowen's sentence.
I would like to see all of them have 99 years, said Maria Ruiz. That way they ll never be able to hurt anyone again.