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Family testifies in sexual assault trial of pastor


Emotional testimony from family member as trial continues in case against a pastor accused of sexual assault. 

The trial of Anthony Lynn Thibodeaux continued in Fairfield Wednesday morning. Thibodeaux is facing a sexual assault count and two counts of indecency with a child. He's also the pastor of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church where the alleged victim was a member. 

The trial resumed after its first day Tuesday at the Fairgrounds in Fairfield. That's because of possible structural damage to the courthouse which cut short the trial's first day. 

The morning's witnesses talked about the investigation. The lead detective recalled interviewing the alleged victim when she went to the authorities. He says she broke down in tears while telling her story.

"If something else happened you need to tell him, tell him now. so after several minutes of everybody calming down she began to tell how he sexually assaulted her," Detective Clayton Aldrich said. 

After lunch, the state called on LaDonna Brackens to the stand. She's the woman accused of watching while the alleged assault happened. Her attorney, however, said she was pleading her 5th Amendment right and would not testify. 

The state then called on two family members of the alleged victim. One woman testified close to tears saying how hard the entire ordeal has been for her and her family. 

"I was devastated my baby was raped by someone I trusted," the family member said on the stand.

The alleged victim's principal then took the stand saying how good a student she is. He also said she's very truthful and honest.

The final witness called was an evidence analyst from the Department of Public Safety who looked at the laptops and phones seized from Thibodeaux's home. The analyst read out loud web site URL's from Thibodeaux's hard drive. He said some of those contained searches for pornographic sites of teens.

When the witness read aloud those site names, there was an audible gasp from the spectators. The trial then recessed for the day.

The defense hopes to be able to call witnesses Thursday morning. Before the trial attorney Justin Reed said he was looking forward to telling Thibodeaux's side of the story.

The trial will resume at the Freestone County Courthouse at 9 a.m.  

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