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July 14, 2014

PN man sentenced to 25 years for continuous sexual abuse of child

BEAUMONT — Christopher Dale Harrison, 33, of Port Neches pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced Monday to 25 years in the prison in connection with a 2013 charge of continuous sexual abuse of a 14-year-old in the 252nd District Court, Judge Tom Rugg presiding.

A combined state/federal online “sting” operation revealed that Harrison possessed (and was offering for distribution online) images of child pornography. A search warrant was issued and the residence where Harrison and his family were living was searched on April 18, 2013. Images of child pornography were located on both a computer and a smart phone. During several interviews conducted by state and federal investigators, Harrison revealed that some he had produced some of the images himself, the subject being his step daughter. Both the images and his admissions led to the indictment alleging that he had committed aggravated sexual assault of a child against the victim two or more times during a period of at least 30 days.

The 25 years must be served on a day-for-day basis, with Harrison only getting credit for the time he spent in federal and state custody awaiting disposition. He will serve his state time concurrently with the federal sentence (also 25 years) assessed for the child pornography charges.

“This child should be 34 years old and well able to protect herself before this monster gets out, and that’s how it should be,” said Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez. “This is an excellent example of how joint prosecutions can and do work.”

 

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