CONROE – A man found guilty Friday on multiple counts of sexually assaulting a child over the course of four years was a registered sex offender long before his most recent conviction.
George Edward Theragood, 52, whose address is listed on the jail roster as 9600 Braes Bayou in Houston, was convicted in the 435th District Court of Montgomery County last week, on two counts of Sexual Assault of a Child and two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The jury decided Theragood deserved the maximum sentence allowed by law for each of the four counts, which is 20 years for the sexual assault charges and life in prison for the aggravated sexual assaults, with a $10,000 fine for each of the four counts. Visiting Judge P.K. Reiter ordered the sentences served consecutively. Born in 1957, Theragood will die in prison since he will not be eligible for parole until the year 2129.
Details provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office revealed Theragood “sexually assaulted a female in his household over a 4 year period, beginning when the child was 12 and ending when the child was 15.”
Unfortunately, the victim who was the subject of the four charges against Theragood was not his first. At age 37, he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. That verdict was handed down on April 14, 1994 in a Houston courtroom where the judge sentenced him to five years probation. A year later, Texas enacted a “community notification law” and sex offender’s names were listed in local newspapers. In 1999, the Texas Sex Offender Registry went online, offering easy access to the public.
On Nov. 11, 1999, Theragood pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender (state jail felony) in Harris County and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Theragood, who stands out in a crowd at 6 feet five inches and nearly 300 pounds, has been listed on the Texas Sex Offender Registry online since that time, along with a description and photographs that were updated at regular intervals. There is no way of knowing how many of the people surrounding Theragood and his latest victim were aware of his prior conviction or that he was a registered sex offender with no expiration.
During the latest trial, Montgomery County prosecutors Jim Prewitt and Darla Faulkner introduced evidence that Theragood “repeatedly sexually assaulted a female in his household over a 4 year period, beginning when the child was 12 and ending when the child was 15.” Investigating officers were Deputy Daniel Rodriquez, Det. Tom Gannucci, and former Cpl. Mark Handler, of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon issued a statement on Monday saying, “This was a terrible case which the jury obviously took very very seriously.”
“When a jury assesses four maximum sentences against a sex offender, they are clearly saying that this individual is not fit to ever be restored to the community. Judge Reiter listened to that message and ordered the sentences to be stacked. We can all breathe a large sigh of relief that Mr. Theragood is going to spend the rest of his life in prison.”
The Texas Sex Offender Registry can be accessed free of charge, 24 hours a day:
Records can be searched by an offender’s name, or broader checks may be performed by address, county, or school for those wishing to identify potential danger in specific areas.
With the approaching holiday season, Montgomery County News encourages all parents of children who plan to trick-or-treat or attend holiday gatherings to take a moment and search the registry.