Trial in connection with alleged rape of teen underway

EDINBURG — The trial of a McAllen man who state prosecutors say sexually assaulted a 15-year-old on the grounds of McAllen Memorial High School is underway.

Carlos Manuel Barron is facing one count of sexual assault of a child in connection with the Oct. 2010 incident, court records show.

The 25-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a female who was only 15 years old at the time, more than six years ago, according to court records.

Barron was 19 years old at the time of the alleged attack of an acquaintance known to him from his days attending the same high school, prosecutors said.

The Monitor is not identifying the woman because it is the newspaper’s policy not to name the victims of alleged sexual assault.

The alleged attack prosecutors said took place on Oct. 27, 2010, on the grounds of Memorial High School.

Prosecutors also said there are reports of other girls who may be potential victims of sexual assault at the hands of Barron but have not yet reported it to authorities.

On Monday a jury pool was whittled down to the 12 jurors and two alternates in preparation for opening arguments.

The trial will resume Tuesday with the presentation of evidence in the 430th state District Court. Prosecutor Victoria Muñiz representing the state, and attorney Fela B. Olivarez defending Barron, court records show.

If convicted of the charge, a second-degree felony, Barron faces between two and 20 years in prison.

Anyone who believes they are a potential victim of Barron’s may call Muñiz at (956) 292-7600, extension 8032.