Man sentenced to 40 years for sexually assaulting children

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, November 6, 2019


BEAUMONT — Alfred Smith, 43, pleaded guilty to ten felony charges involving the sexual abuse of two children, receiving 40 years in jail as part of the plea, authorities said.

District Attorney Bob Wortham said Judge John B. Stevens Jr. handed out the punishment Monday, which includes confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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On Sept. 3, 2018, the victims — sisters aged 10 and 14 — were violently kidnapped from their home by Smith and sexually assaulted. Members of Beaumont Police Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions assisted with the search for Smith and the victims.

Smith released the victims later that night. The victims had forensic exams at the hospital and were forensically interviewed at The Garth House in Beaumont, where they provided details about the assaults.

Upon investigation by the Beaumont Police Department, Smith was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and indecency with a child. Smith has a prior felony conviction for first-degree injury to a child, for which he served 15 years.

The case was investigated by Detective Chuck Duchamp of the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Tatiana Zelezniak of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

“This plea was a team effort and it means the defendant essentially gets life in prison and the girls don’t have to testify. Any time we can make the community safer is a positive outcome,” Duchamp said.

Authorities said Smith would serve 40 years in the Institutional Division and is not eligible for parole. If Smith successfully completes his 40-year sentence, he will be released at age 82 and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.