Weatherford Democrat

September 25, 2013

Man guilty of child’s ongoing sexual abuse


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



After about 30 minutes of deliberation Wednesday afternoon, a Parker County jury found an Azle-area man guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a young relative.

Charles Wayne Holbrook Jr., 34, was found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child.

The young victim testified that Holbrook had anal and vaginal sex with her and otherwise sexually abused her continuously between the ages of 5 years old to 10 years old. The Democrat does not typically identify victims of sexual assault.

The pre-teen victim took the stand for about an hour during the trial, describing more sexual assaults than she could count.

“She’s one of the most courageous little girls that I’ve ever seen,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said afterward.

A concerned relative, who testified she contacted CPS approximately seven times regarding concerns about the child, including physical neglect, reportedly removed the girl from the situation.

After CPS referred the child to professional mental health resources, she reportedly made an outcry about the sexual abuse, according to Swain.

The girl progressively revealed the details of the horrific abuse over time, according to Swain, who said that it is not uncommon for young victims of sexual assault to test the waters when broaching the difficult subject.

The child’s vivid physical demonstrations of the abuse lent a lot of credibility to the allegations, Swain said, adding that the level of detail she provided shouldn’t be known by such a young child unless something very wrong had happened.

According to testimony, Holbrook was reportedly using methamphetamine during the period of abuse, as well.

Holbrook reportedly told an investigator that he was not going to deny the allegations but he wasn’t going to claim them either because there were periods of time he did not remember.

During the punishment phase of the trial Wednesday evening, a former neighbor and another family member testified that they were also sexually abused as young children by Holbrook when he was around 17 years old.

One relative said her children were not allowed around the man because he sexually abused her when she was young.

As an adult, Holbrook also cut his father when he held a knife to the older man’s throat during an family argument and stabbed his brother-in-law when he intervened, causing minor injuries, family members testified.

Holbrook has remained in the Parker County Jail since his arrest last December.

Testimony in the punishment phase of the trial concluded Wednesday evening and closing arguments were expected to begin Thursday morning.

Holbrook faces up to 25–99 years or life imprisonment on the continuous sexual abuse of a young child offense.