POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:48am
UPDATED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:44pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A Kansas man is facing sexual assault charges after officials say he had sex with an underaged girl multiple times.
According to the Smith County District Attorney's Office, Matthew Howell, 26, contacted an East Texas girl when she was only 13-years-old via the internet. When the girl turned 16-years-old, Howell came all the way to Tyler to meet up with her. Howell reportedly gave the teen presents and had sexual relations with her on more than one occasion.
Howell faced computer crimes in his native Kansas for online crimes with the teenager, as well.
The suspect was indicted on October 10, 2013, and jury selection for the alleged criminal began Tuesday in the Smith County 7th Judicial Distinct Court.
The jury is deliberating the fate of Howell and if convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.