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March 31, 2013

Green trial to begin Monday

Former pastor accused of sexual assault of child

Corsicana — The trial of Mark Allen Green is scheduled to begin jury selection in County Court at Law Monday before Judge Amanda Putman.

Evidence and testimony should begin Tuesday, according to Lowell Thompson, Navarro County District Attorney.

Green, 42, is the former pastor of the Cowboy Church in Ellis County. He is charged with continuous sexual assault of a child in connection with allegations made by a 14-year-old. The girl was not a family member, although she did attend the church for awhile.

He was arrested in May 2012. The accusations date back to late 2011.

An Ellis County Grand Jury refused to charge Green based on allegations from the same witness. He was no-billed, according to Ann Moran, spokeswoman for the Ellis County District Attorney’s office.

Green was briefly employed at another Cowboy Church in Alabama. It’s unclear where he is currently working. His lawyer, John Perkins of Waxahachie, said he would not comment for this article.

According to Department of Public Safety records, Green’s criminal history includes several convictions for theft, mostly thefts by check.

If found guilty, Green could face up to 25 years in prison or life without possibility of parole.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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