Mumphrey trial enters second day

Longview News-Journal
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 8:43pm

Longview, TX — Update: The state rested their case at 9:15 this morning. the defense has called Mumphrey as its first witness.


A 20-year-old Longview man fought back tears Tuesday to retell his story of what he says was more than a decade of abuse at the hands of 37-year-old Johnny A. Mumphrey.

Mumphrey is on trial in Gregg County’s 124th District Court for aggravated sexual assault of a child, facing up to life in prison if convicted by a local jury. Testimony resumes at 9 this morning.

The Longview News-Journal does not identify the names of victims in sexual crimes or cases.

The alleged victim testified that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Mumphrey, oft times nightly, from the time he was 8 years old through public school and into his college years. The abuse occurred at multiple locations but mostly at the defendant’s house.

The victim’s testimony conflicted, however, with testimony from his mother, who said she believes that her son and the defendant only had consensual sex after the victim became an adult.

The victim’s mother told jurors that her son did not live with the defendant between the time he was 6 years old until he reached the seventh grade, and that Mumphrey had no opportunity to have abused her son. She further stated that she did not end her relationship with the defendant despite her son’s allegation.

The victim said he never told anyone about the abuse for many years because of his mother’s assertion that “What happens in this house stays in this house.” At one point, 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles recessed proceedings for four minutes to allow the victim to regain his composure after he buried his hands and cried at Assistant District Attorney Jenny Huckle’s question about “uncomfortable” moments growing up.

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