Former cop headed to trial for child rape charges Sexually assaulting a teenage girl while other officers stood by and watched

A former Pharr police officer is headed to trial for sexual assault of a child charges.

Erasmo Mata, Jr. appeared before Judge Letty Lopez in the 389th State District Court on Monday morning.

Mata is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl back in 2013.

According to a lawsuit filed by the girl's family, “other Pharr police officers would stand watch while the sexual assault was being committed.”

A Hidalgo County grand jury handed down a criminal indictment after Texas Rangers investigated the case and turned their evidence over to prosecutors.

Mata's defense attorney Fernando Mancias asked Judge Lopez on Monday for more time to prepare for his client’s trial.

Judge Lopez agreed and set a pre-trial hearing for November 20th.

The trial is expected to start on December 1st.

If convicted, Mata is facing up to 99 years behind bars.