Port Arthur man convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child

Port Arthur man convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a July 17 press release by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office that Port Arthur resident James Arceneaux, 53, has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child by a Jefferson County jury. 

Arceneaux was found guilty for sexually assaulting a six-year-old child in his Port Arthur home on or about June 29, 2013.  The trial was held in the Criminal District Court with Judge John Stevens presiding. 

The child, whose face was just visible above the witness stand, testified at the trial before the judge and jury, and she told the court what happened to her regarding the assaults.  The jury also heard testimony from the victim’s older sister who witnessed some of the sexual misconduct.  Evidence was presented at trial that Arceneaux not only sexually assaulted the child, but had also molested the child’s 10-year-old sibling. 

The trial in the Criminal District Court, Judge John Stevens presiding, was heard by a jury over the course of three days, handing up their guilty verdict late Thursday afternoon, July 17,  The jury will reconvene Friday morning, July 18 at 10 a.m. to begin the punishment phase. 

Assistant District Attorneys Bobby Ortego and Koby Hoffpauir presented the case for Jefferson County, working from an investigative case file put together by the Port Arthur Police Department.