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September 26, 2013

Life without parole given to child’s assailant

Man first in Parker County tried by jury under continuous sexual assault of a child statute

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County jury Thursday sentenced a man convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing an elementary-school-age girl to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Following two days of testimony, Charles Wayne Holbrook Jr., 34, was quickly convicted Wednesday afternoon of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child.

After about 45 minutes of deliberation Thursday, jurors handed down sentences of life imprisonment for the first two offenses and the maximum allowed sentences of 20 years for the other two, along with $30,000 in fines. 43rd District Judge Craig Towson ordered the sentences served consecutively.

“This is the first continuous sexual abuse of a young child case we have tried to a Parker County jury since the Legislature created the offense a few years ago,” Assistant Distrist Attorney Jeff Swain said. “It is a very powerful statute because it allows a jury to consider the entirety of the sexual abuse rather than just focusing on a specific act and because sentences for that crime are served without the possibility of parole. That means that this defendant will never be released from prison.”

The young victim took the stand for about an hour during the trial, describing more sexual assaults than she could count, some in graphic detail. The Democrat does not typically identify victims of sexual assault.

The girl testified that Holbrook sexually abused her between the ages of 5 years old to 10 years old continuously and in a variety of ways.

During testimony during the punishment phase of the trial, a former neighbor and a relative testified that Holbrook also sexually abused them when the victims were young children and Holbrook was around 17 years old.

“He’s still a human being,” Holbrook’s defense attorney, James Wilson, told jurors Thursday morning. Wilson reminded the jury of testimony that Holbrook was abused as a child, as well.

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