GALVESTON — A Galveston man accused of sexually assaulting an underage relative was found not guilty by a jury Thursday.
Duane Charles Parker, 51, was acquitted of the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Attorney Adam Brown, who represented Parker, argued in court that his client had a healthy relationship with the relative he was accused of abusing.
Brown argued that the child’s mother encouraged the girl to fabricate a story of abuse in an effort to attack Parker.
There also was no DNA or forensic evidence connecting Parker to the alleged sexual assault, Brown said.
The case, tried in the 405th District Court, started more than six years after an initial investigation in 2008.
The case was not presented to a grand jury until 2012, prosecutors said.
Parker and the child lived together with no issue during the four years between the initial investigation and the grand jury indictment, Brown said.