The Defendant was facing multiple charges of sexual performance of a child and possession of child pornography. Prior to trial, the defendant decided to plea to a life sentence for the sexual performance of a child. The Defendant’s criminal history included prior felony convictions of burglary in Montgomery County and murder in Angelina County.
The child was interviewed at Children’s Safe Harbor located in Conroe, Texas. The case was investigated by Detective Clay Swilling and patrol deputies, Christopher Evans and Joshua Parker, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Nancy Hebert, Chief Prosecutor for the Crimes Against Children Division for the District Attorney’s Office. Through its investigation, the Sheriff’s office recovered multiple images of children on an SD memory card and printed materials. Hebert commented that the Sheriff’s Office and Det. Swilling’s ability to recover such a large volume of evidence made a life sentence in this case possible. “This was an emotional and difficult case for all involved”, states Hebert, “it was great that this case could be resolved without the child having to testify in court, and, yet, still have our community protected from this perpetrator for life.”