COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A 55-year-old North Texas man is going to prison for 30 years after being found guilty of continually sexually abusing a child.
A jury found James Dalton Smith, of Melissa, guilty after hearing testimony that he sexually abused a 9-year-old child that he knew for at least four years. The abuse didn’t stop until the child told an older sibling about the abuse and that sibling contacted the Melissa Police Department.
The child ultimately gave details about the abuse during a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.
In addition to the Continuous Sexual Abuse sentence, Smith was also sentenced to four years in prison on two counts of Indecency with a Child by Contact. The sentences will run concurrently and he is not eligible for parole.
In addition to Melissa PD, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and Collin County Child Abuse Task Force assisted with the investigation.
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