Sexual assault suspect bought expensive gifts

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FORT WORTH -- A man accused of sexually assaulting two girls who visited his house over several weeks bought electronics, bikes and a horse for them, according to testimony at his trial Tuesday.

Gregg Wesley MacIntosh, 40, of Arlington got to know the girls when they became friends with a young relative who lived with him. He also met their parents, and the girls spent the night at his house on occasion, prosecutor Leticia Martinez told jurors.

MacIntosh had two young relatives living with him -- a girl and a boy -- who each had a bedroom, Martinez said. MacIntosh typically slept on a couch, and when the two girls visited, the three girls slept in the girl's bedroom or the master bedroom.

"When they were in the third and fourth grade, the defendant would scoop up one of the [visiting girls] and take them to the couch where they would sleep together," Martinez said. "First, it started with rubbing their backs. Then it became other things. It became rubbing their private parts."

With one girl, the abuse escalated beyond that, Martinez said.

The girls kept the secret until Feb. 5, 2012, when one sent her mother a text message, saying that she needed help, Martinez told the jury. The mother testified that the text message worried her, so she picked up the children at MacIntosh's house.

The girls told the mother what happened, the mother testified. She called her own mother, who told her to call police. But before she did that, she confronted MacIntosh.

He begged her not to call police, the mother said.

"Finally, he said, 'I'll give you my kids and pay support,'" the mother testified. "Just don't call the police."

The mother testified that she called police and the father of the other girl.

She said she did not understand why MacIntosh was buying such expensive things for her daughter. The presents included bikes for all the children, a Kindle Fire and a horse that MacIntosh kept at a friend's ranch.

MacIntosh said that he had his own business and had some money and that it made him feel good to spend it on the children, the mother told the jury.

Testimony continues today in state District Judge Rob Catalano's court.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

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