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State law challenged in sexual assault case

from The Texas Tribune

Mark Fleming was 24 years old when he started dating a young woman in 2007. Her Facebook page said she was a college student, and a mutual friend told him she was 22 years old. Several months later, Denton police arrested Fleming, accusing him of sexually assaulting a minor. The young woman was actually 14. Fleming was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years’ probation. His lawyer, Richard Gladden, has appealed his case to the state’s highest criminal court, saying a state law that does not require prosecutors to show a defendant intended to have sex with a minor is unconstitutional. more

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