Guilty: Groves man pleads to sexual abuse of child

Published 1:32 pm Monday, June 11, 2018

Special to The News

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Monday that Brandon Devillier, 35, of Groves, Texas, pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child. Judge John B. Stevens Jr. followed the plea agreement between the state and Devillier and sentenced Devillier to 35 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Aug. 13, 2016, the victim, a 12-year-old female, told a friend that she needed help because she had been being molested for several years. The victim told the friend that she was scared to tell anyone.

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The friend encouraged the victim to tell the police or an adult, and soon thereafter, the victim told a family member that Devillier had been molesting her. The family member immediately notified the Groves Police Department about the allegations.

The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam, and swabs taken during the exam were sent to a lab for testing. The results revealed that Devillier’s DNA was present on the swabs. The victim was also interviewed at the Garth House where she detailed years of sexual abuse.

Assistant District Attorney Kim Pipkin prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Detective John Hudson with the Groves Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Kim Pipkin said, “As always, credit for this conviction goes to the victim who was brave enough to speak up. She, like so many other victims, was scared. Scared to tell. Scared of what would happen. Scared that nobody would believe her. The lesson is to talk to the children in your life. Make sure they know that they can come to you in a situation like this. And as in this case, make sure they know what to do if another child makes an outcry to them.”

Continuous sexual abuse of a child requires two or more instances of sexual abuse over a period that is longer than 30 days in duration. It is an enhanced first-degree felony that carries a minimum of 25 years up to 99 years or life in prison.

There is no parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child. Devillier must serve every day of his sentence and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.