A Texas man was sentenced on Sept. 3 for sexual assaults that took place in a Wichita Falls motel over the course of two days in May 2019. The sentencing hearing was scheduled after the man pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault. The District Court judge handed down a 40-year sentence for each of the five counts. The sentences will be served concurrently according to media reports. An additional charge of indecent contact with a child was dismissed as part of the plea agreement the man entered into.
The man was taken into custody following a brief investigation that was launched when a 16-year-old girl called police to report that she had been sexually assaulted in a motel room. She told the investigating officers that a man had engaged in sexual acts with her repeatedly for two days. According to police, she told the man that she was a minor and asked him to stop. When police interviewed the man, he is said to have corroborated the girl’s story.
Registered sex offender
Records from the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry reveal that the man was already a registered sex offender when the motel assaults took place. He was placed on the registry following a 1987 conviction for assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Authorities considered him a moderate risk according to official records.
The importance of asking for a lawyer
Detectives are usually skilled interviewers, and they are trained to convince suspects that they are on their side and coax confessions out of individuals facing decades behind bars. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise individuals facing sex charges to answer no questions unless an attorney is present. Attorneys might also urge criminal suspects to make no confessions or admissions until prosecutors offer something of value in return.