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Abilene woman found not guilty of prohibited sexual conduct with her adoptive father

By Ariana Garza, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Sep 26 2012 07:38:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 27 2012 08:20:09 AM CDT
Jenetwanette Campbell
ABILENE, Texas -

A jury reached a unanimous verdict of not guilty Wednesday afternoon for an Abilene woman accused of prohibited sexual conduct with her adoptive father. The jury only took about 30 minutes to deliberate.

Jenetwanett Campbell, 27, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony prohibited sexual conduct in 2010 for a November 2009 offense.

During her trial, Campbell testified her adoptive father, 45-year-old Jennings Campbell, had started a sexual relationship with her while she was only 12.

Her mother, Martha, claimed she thought the pair only had a sexual relationship after Campbell turned 18.

Court testimony revealed Campbell and her adoptive father lived together from 2003 to 2009.

Martha also testified that when Campbell was 15, she had asked Campbell to be a surrogate mother for herself and Jennings.

DNA evidence presented at trial proved Jennings is the biological father of Campbell's two children.

He pleaded guilty in August 2011 to prohibited sexual conduct. He received 10 years deferred adjudication -- if he does not violate his probation for 10 years, his record will be cleared. He also had to register as a sex offender.

During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense argued the sex between Campbell and Jennings was not consensual and that the state let Jennings off too easily. Instead, the defense argued, the state was prosecuting the victim.

The defense claimed Campbell became depressed and suicidal because Jennings had continuously sexually abused her.

The prosecution claimed the sex was consensual and that Campbell only claimed she was a victim after things took a turn for the worse.