A 41-year-old Texas man will spend eight years and four months in prison following his conviction for one felony count of attempted sodomy and three felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The suspect pleaded guilty as part of a deal with the District Attorney, agreeing to five years of additional post-prison supervision following his release. He was also ordered to refrain from contact with children under the age of 16 and participate in sex offender treatment.
Individuals accused of sex crimes in Texas generally face extremely harsh penalties. For instance, a person convicted of sexual assault, a second-degree felony, faces a prison sentence of between two and 20 years. Aggravated sexual assault carries an even more severe penalty of between five and 99 years in prison. This illustrates the importance of contacting an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney for those facing sex offense charges in the state of Texas.
According to the defendant's attorney, the man was a victim of sexual abuse when he was a child, potentially contributing to the behaviors that led to his conviction. The attorney added that his client wished to seek assistance with his condition. "I just wanted to say I'm sorry," the defendant explained during his sentencing hearing.
The suspect was arrested in the summer of 2012, initially facing 13 criminal charges. The victim, who was under the age of 12 years old when the alleged assaults occurred, told police that the reported abuse occurred over the course of two years. The suspect and victim appear to be related, as the victim's mother told the courtroom that she had difficulty believing that her child's family member had subjected the victim to such terror.
Source: Polk Count Itemizer-Observer, "Sex abuse of child nets eight-year term," Dec. 5, 2012