Sexual assault suspect pleads guilty to one charge, gets 10 years probation

Sexual assault suspect pleads guilty to one charge, gets 10 years probation
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:16pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:17pm

1:28 p.m. update: Mumphrey pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a minor. He received ten years deferred adjudication probation. Mumphrey could face up to 20 years in prison, if he vioates his probation.


9:59 a.m. update: At about 9:50 a.m., a note from the jury foreman was sent to the judge that said the jury could not reach a verdict. The judge was sending a note back to them requesting that the jury continue deliberations to avoid a mistrial.


A split jury returns to the Gregg County Courthouse this morning to decide a Longview man’s guilt or innocence.

After two hours, 12 minutes and nine seconds of deliberations Wednesday about whether 37-year-old Johnny A. Mumphrey committed sexual assault of a child, a Gregg County jury asked to go home for the evening. District Judge Alfonso Charles instructed jurors to return at 8:30 this morning in the 124th District Court.

His decision ended an often tense day in the criminal trial of Mumphrey, accused of five counts of sexually assaulting a youth for a decade between the ages of 8 and 18. The man is now 20.

The Longview News-Journal does not identify the names of victims in sexual crimes or cases.

A clerk from another Gregg County state court took the witness stand in an after-lunch surprise.

Wednesday started with Mumphrey taking the stand in his own defense, telling jurors he felt remorse for having consensual oral sex with the boy three times when he was 18 and 19 years old. But Mumphrey said he never had sex with the boy or any man before their first encounter in November 2009. Mumphrey’s testimony also mirrored testimony of the alleged victim’s mother, who said Tuesday that the victim did not live with Mumphrey until he entered the seventh grade.

“This was not a dating interaction,” Mumphrey said of his sexual relationship with the boy after he turned 18. “This is the worst mistake I ever made in my life ... I have no real explanation of why I got into that.”

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