Thursday, July 3, 2008

N. Texas Child Molester Gets 40 Life Sentences

James Pope

Parker County jury on Tuesday sentenced a 43-year-old Springtown man to 40 life sentences for molesting children.

Jurors deliberated for three hours before finding James Pope guilty of sexually assaulting three teen girls during a nearly two-year period beginning in 2006.

Pope was convicted on 43 child sexual abuse counts and sentenced to a total of 4,060 years in prison in a trial that concluded in Weatherford.

In addition, the jury fined Pope $430,000.

During trial, the victims testified that Pope assaulted them in various ways during specific periods of time.

Sexually explicit photographs of the victims were also introduced during the trial to corroborate their allegations.

The case came to attention of authorities in February 2008, when Pope made several inappropriate comments to a friend, who became concerned and notified Child Protective Services, according to a news release.

Recordings of two phone calls between Pope and his mother were also played for the jury. In one call, Pope is heard telling the woman that the girls willingly had relations with him.

In the sentencing portion of the trial, a United States Secret Service agent testified that Pope's home computer contained sexually explicit pictures of the victims as well as hundreds of photographs of partially clothed children and children in suggestive poses.

Link - MyFox Dallas N. Texas Child Molester Gets 40 Life Sentences

My two cents..

40 life sentences? Ok I can live with that!

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