A trial expected to begin in the 266th Judicial District Court Monday has been reset.
Jerome Smith, 38, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, but a hitch in jury selection postponed the trial until late July, according to District Attorney Jason Cashon.
"We had to reschedule the trial due to the lack of qualified jurors to proceed with the case following the jury selection process," Cashon said Tuesday. "It has been reset for the summer when a larger panel will be assembled."
The selection process began with 61 jurors responding to summons, Cashon added.
Smith was arrested by Stephenville police in August 2011 following a sexual assault allegation made by a 14-year-old female. The minor called 911 to report the incident and said Smith had physically and sexually assaulted her.
At the time of his arrest, Smith was a custodian at Tarleton State University but has since been terminated, according to Joe Feist, Tarleton's media relations manager.
If convicted, Smith faces five-99 years in prison.
In another case, a woman facing three counts of methamphetamine possession and a forgery charge pleaded guilty in two of the cases while the other two were dismissed.
Cashon said the lesser charges were dropped when Camille Caskey, 29, agreed to plead guilty to two third-degree felony charges. She was sentenced to six years in prison.
Meanwhile, others entered guilty pleas and decided to allow the court to assess punishment. Following a pre-sentencing investigation, Judge Donald Jones is expected to assess punishment in June.
Erath County resident Russell Gene Barnes, 45, pleaded guilty to intoxication assault with serious bodily injury.
Barnes was reportedly intoxicated when his vehicle stuck another vehicle driven by Mervin Medina in May 2010. Medina, a Stephenville High School senior at the time of the accident, received extensive injuries.
Alleged cattle rustler Trenton Dale Saulters, 27, pleaded guilty to theft of less than $100,000 of livestock. He was arrested by a special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in 2011 after he stole cattle from multiple individuals in at least four counties including an Erath County man.