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article imageFormer Texas cop accused of raping teen while officers watched

By Brett Wilkins     Oct 29, 2014 in Crime
Pharr - A former South Texas police officer will stand trial for allegedly raping an underage girl multiple times while fellow officers watched.
Erasmo Mata Jr., 25, appeared before a judge in a state district court in Edinburg on Monday, Action 4 News reports.
Mata, formerly of the Pharr Police Department, stands accused of raping the 17-year-old five times while on duty between July and October of last year, the Brownsville Herald reported.
According to Richard Alamia, an attorney for the alleged victim's family, Mata had sexual intercourse with the girl while other Pharr officers looked on. The officers allegedly took the girl to abandoned houses around the city, which lies on the US-Mexico border just east of McAllen, where the alleged rapes occurred.
Alamia also accuses the Pharr Police Department of attempting to cover up the rapes.
After no charges were filed against the officers involved in the alleged crime, the girl's family filed suit against the city, its police department, Chief Ruben Villescas and Mata.
The Texas Rangers conducted an investigation of the alleged rapes at Alamia's request, finding the attorney's accusations to be accurate. The Rangers then informed prosecutors of their findings and the grand jury indictment followed.
Mata was indicted on July 30. His trial is scheduled to begin December 1. The former officer faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
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