(credit: Collin County Jail)

(credit: Collin County Jail)

McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Charles Fredrick Bell, 49, of Allen, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for molesting his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

Bell, a former Allen real estate agent, met the victim when he started dating her mother. Eventually, Bell the mother and her daughter to move into his house in Allen. Initially Bell started grooming the victim by showering her with compliments about her body and buying her clothes. He instructed her how to walk, how to talk to boys, how to dance and he even bought her a box of condoms.

After gaining her trust and love, he then began sexually molesting her when she was 14 and in the eighth grade. He continued molesting her until she was 16 and a junior in high school. Even after the victim and her family moved out of Bell’s home, he continued a very close relationship with her as her confidant. When the victim began college, she finally told her mother about the abuse. Her mother called the police, and Allen Police Detective Phyllis Jackson investigated the case. She interviewed several people including both the victim and Bell. He corroborated most things described by the victim and admitted to having a sexual relationship with the victim. However, Bell claimed the victim had already turned 18 when their relationship began.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty on seven counts of sexual assault of a child, three counts of indecency with a child by contact, and one count of sexual performance of a child. Bell was not charged with aggravated sexual assault because the victim was older than 13.

The jury then heard punishment evidence and assessed Bell’s punishment at maximum punishments of 20 years for the sexual assaults, and 20 years on two counts of indecency with a child by contact. The jury also gave Bell 10 years on one count of indecency with a child by contact and 10 years for the sexual performance of a child. He could have received up to 20 years on both those cases. Retired State District Judge James Fry ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Bell will not be eligible for parole until he serves 10 years.

Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Shannon Miller and Daniel Lewis prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kenny Newton.

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