19th suspect charged in sex assaults of Texas girl

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 7:10 PM
19th suspect charged in sex assaults of Texas girl

Authorities have arrested a 19th suspect in a series of sexual assaults against an 11-year-old girl in the southeast Texas town of Cleveland.

Officials say 26-year-old Walter Jamal Harrison turned himself in late Wednesday. The Houston Chronicle reports he's charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Since last month, police have arrested 19 men and boys _ ranging from a middle-school student to a 27-year-old, accusing them of sexually assaulting the girl on at least four occasions from September on.

Officials say the investigation began in December after a friend of the girl told a teacher of seeing a lurid cellphone video of one of the alleged attacks.

Cleveland is a town of about 8,000 residents about 40 miles northeast of Houston.