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Ex-pitcher Hall guilty on sex charge

FORT WORTH, Texas — Former major league outfielder Mel Hall was found guilty Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he coached on an elite basketball team a decade ago.

A Tarrant County jury took about 90 minutes to convict the 48-year-old Hall on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child.

The sentencing phase was to resume Wednesday after two witnesses testified Tuesday afternoon. Hall faces up to life in prison.

Hall’s accuser, now 23, testified Monday that Hall engaged in sex acts with her in various places, including her home and Hall’s apartment.

Hall was arrested in 2007 by police in a Fort Worth suburb investigating allegations of sexual abuse.