Abilene man on trial for graphic sexual assault of child, other child sex crimes

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene man is currently on trial for a graphic sexual assault of a child case and two other child sex crimes. 

Jury selection is underway in the trial of Howard Sturgis, 56, charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, and two counts of Indecency with a Child. 

Sturgis and his codefendant, Chelsea Diaz, 29, are accused of subjecting two young girls to various acts of sexual abuse for years. Diaz does not have a trial date set until January. 

Court documents claim one victim told detectives the couple would make the children sniff “spray” from a rag during some of these incidents.

Additional details on the allegations surrounding this case, which are explicit and should be read with discretion, can be found in a previous article published on BigCountryHomepage.com

Another charge was issued after a victim came forward and claimed Sturgis sexually assaulted her several times a year for three years beginning in May of 2007, and a third charge was issued after an additional victim told detectives Sturgis had inappropriate sexual contact with her for years beginning when she was 8-years-old in 1993. 

Sturgis is being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $400,000. 

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