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Trial begins for man facing sex charges involving girl, 6

James Artie Shaw could face life in prison if convicted

SAN ANTONIO – Prosecutors said the allegations "go beyond disturbing" in the trial of a man charged with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

According to prosecutors, James Artie Shaw assaulted the daughter of a female "acquaintance."

"She (the child's mother) walked (through) the door, and found this man lying on his back in his bed with his pants down," prosecutor Daryl Harris told the jury during opening arguments in Shaw's trial on Tuesday. "With him in bed was the woman's 6-year-old daughter."

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Harris said that the allegations stemmed from an incident that occurred while the child's mother was living in Las Vegas.

When the mother returned to San Antonio, where she had lived previously, she reported the incident to police. 

Officer Ricardo Heredia of the San Antonio Police Department, who took her report, testified on the witness stand.

"What she saw in Las Vegas, she had reason to believe things started here in San Antonio?" Harris asked Heredia. "Correct,' Heredia replied.

Shaw's lawyer, Leland McRea, claims that the case should be tried in Las Vegas.

"Jurisdiction is an issue," he said. "It's something the defense is relying on."

If Shaw is convicted, he faces a minimum punishment of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

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The minimum sentence would normally be five years in prison, but the longer term is being applied in this case because Shaw is charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, a charge filed when the victim is 6 or younger.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday in Judge Frank Castro's 399th District Court.

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