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Man sentenced to 12 years for sexually assaulting child

BEAUMONT - A judge has sentenced a man to 12 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a child.

A Jefferson County jury was about to begin hearing evidence in the case against Rodney Adams, 37, when Adams entered a guilty plea in the 252nd District Court. 

According to offense reports, on September 25, 2013, Beaumont police were called to a investigate possible sexual assault of a child.  When police arrived on scene they met with the 16-year-old victim and a relative.  The relative told police she believed Adams had molested the teen.

The victim and relative provided sworn statements to investigators.  In the victim’s statement, she said the man made her perform oral sex.  She also told of other occasions where she was sexually abused by the defendant in another state.  The relative told investigators when she confronted Adams he first denied, but later admitted that what the victim said was true.

Sexual Assault of a Child is a Second Degree Felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison.  The defendant must serve at least one half of his sentence before being considered for parole based upon current parole law.  Additionally, should he ever be paroled, he must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Following formal sentencing by Judge Lindsey Scott, Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, “The family is extremely happy that Mr. Adam’s took responsibility for his actions." Grove said the family is pleased the victim didn't have to relive the "terrible things he did to her. This is a new beginning for the family.”  


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