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Local Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Teen, Trial Update

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**UPDATE: November 16**
Several new testimonies played out in court today, alleging the victim's mother set up the relationship in a scheme to get money.  Both sides rested their case around 4 p.m. Friday.

The defense brought in one of the first detectives that investigated the sexual assault case between Yarbrough Sr. and the teenage girl.  Det. Fred Harris told jury members the teen said in her first interview that her mom was abusing her.  She also said her mom told her what to say and even instructed her to have sex with Yarbrough.  The alleged victim said she felt like her mom's "prostitute toy."

The teen's 16-year-old best friend also took the stand Friday.  She claims the girl's mom knew about the relationship for a "real long time."  The friend said she also remembers the victim wore a small diamond ring in March 2011, which was supposedly an engagement ring from the defendant. 

Prosecutors brought in a cell phone expert who confirmed Yarbrough and the teen texted each other more than 7,000 times within a four month span. 

A woman who worked with Yarbrough at a local charter school testified to the officer's good character.  Angela Holmes said Yarbrough would often  give her money to buy lunch for students from low-income families and even gave her money to rent hotel rooms for homeless teens.

The trial will resume Monday at 9 a.m.  The attorneys will have their closing arguments and the jury will decide if Yarbrough Sr. is innocent or guilty. 

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**UPDATE** Yarbrough's trial resumed Thursday morning, as both attorneys questioned the teen for more than two hours.

Prosecuting attorneys brought in therapists and nurse who said the victim had been sexually abused before.  They said a man raped the girl when she was only 8 or 9 years old. 

They said a child who had been raped could be easily manipulated, because those sexual boundaries had already been crossed.  First it would start with jokes about sex, which later turned into actual sexual activities.

The defense argued, however, the victim's mother was to blame.  They said the girl told officers in a previous interview that her mom set up the relationship in a scheme to get money.  The girl allegedly told officers that her mother would tell her what to do and what to say, and once they had enough evidence they went to police.  The defense also said when the girl thought she was pregnant, her mom wanted to get child support money from Yarbrough.

While the mother denied allegations, she did admit to receiving at least two loans from Yarbrough.  They totaled about $250.  

Half a dozen KPD officers testified in court today.   They said Yarbrough worked with officers while they searched his home. 

Investigators confiscated a laptop, computer, and an iPhone as evidence.   When they searched through the computer they found several pictures and text messages proving the two had a sexual relationship.

Yarbrough was in charge of the Explorer Program, and often drove the victim and her brother to the meetings.  Another officer that helped with the program, Detective Stephanie Perry, said she heard accusations from another parent there was an inappropriate relationship. 

When Perry confronted Yarbrough about it, she said he reacted appropriately and said the allegations weren't true.  She never reported it to officers, but did advise Yarbrough not to drive the victim to the meetings anymore. Perry said Yarbrough would often drive other children to the meetings, as well, something she later found inappropriate.

Prosecuting attorneys showed the jury a couple of pictures that were submitted as evidence.  One picture showed the victim and Yarbrough kissing, another was a picture of the victim in a bikini.

The trial will resume Friday morning in the 426th District Court; Judge Fancy Jezek is presiding.

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BELL COUNTY - Former Killeen police officer Kirt Yarbrough Sr. was in court Wednesday.  He's accused of sexually assaulting a teen.

The teen at the center of the trial took the stand, and said she and Yarbrough were in a relationship.  She told prosecutors that Yarbrough bought her a laptop, an iPhone, and even gave her money to pay for lunch.  She said Yarbrough also took her on dates.

The girl, who is now a junior in high school, says she feels disgusted.  She said he would take her to the movies.  But as their relationship grew, the officer began asking for pictures.  The teen admitted she sent him pictures through text messages.  

She said they communicated via text messaging, Email, Facebook, and even Skype.  

Prosecutors showed surveillance video of Yarbrough and the teen entering a hotel in Copperas Cove. She briefly described the encounter in court, and said the two had oral sex.  She then said he took her to another hotel in Temple.  Both times the victim said they did not have sex, because Yarbrough "couldn't get an erection." 

Details led to an investigation after the victim's mother found out.  The mom says she saw pictures of Yarbrough and her daughter on the iPhone's home screen. 

The mom says she had no idea Yarbrough and her daughter had a relationship outside of the Explorer Program, and went straight to the District Attorney's office for help.

The trial will resume Thursday morning in the 426th District Court. 

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