Mom upset daughter's attacker on run after verdict

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 9:44 PM
Mom upset daughter's attacker on run after verdict

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — The mother of a young Texas girl who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a group of men and boys over several months says she's upset one of her daughter's attackers is on the run after being convicted.

A jury sentenced Eric McGowen to 99 years in prison Thursday in Liberty after convicting him earlier in the day of aggravated sexual assault of a child. However, he wasn't in court when his punishment came down as McGowen, who had been free on bail, fled his trial a day earlier.

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The Associated Press could not reach the girl's mother for comment, but family friend Brenda Myers relayed comments from her.

Myers said the girl's mom was upset McGowen remains a fugitive and was concerned for the safety of her family.