A Tarrant County jury deliberating the case Thursday of Brownwood physician Donald Pope, who stood trial for aggravated sexual assault of a child, broke for the evening without reaching a verdict, court officials said, and will resume today.
Pope was arrested in July 2006 on a warrant charging him with sexually assaulting a child in Arlington.
He was indicted in May 2007.
The case against Pope, a family practice physician, stemmed from an accusation that he assaulted an 8-year-old girl in an Arlington hotel room in 2000, Arlington police said earlier.
Brown County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Pope on July 24, 2006, in Brownwood on the Arlington warrant.
Arlington police said the accuser, now a teenager, told a church counselor in Brownwood on July 9, 2006, that she had been assaulted, and the counselor contacted police.
The accuser had been visiting the Arlington area with Pope and Pope’s daughter when the alleged assault occurred, police said.
Pope faces a similar accusation in Brown County, where a grand jury indicted him in March on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
In the Brown County case, he is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was spending the night with Pope’s daughter in his Brownwood home sometime in 2000, sheriff’s officials said earlier.