East Texas man sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting 3 juvenile relatives

HALLSVILLE, Texas (MNM) - A 31-year-old Hallsville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday in the aggravated sexual assault of three young children.

The defendant, James Paul Stewart, pleaded guilty to four counts of the offense before 71st Judicial District Judge Brad Morin, who accepted a plea bargain agreement between the state and the defense.

According to Stewart's indictment, on or around April 1, 2016, he performed sexual acts on the children, his relatives. One of the victims, a boy, was 10 at the time. The two girls were ages 8 and 6. Additional court documents show that the children said the defendant also made them have sex with each other.

Katherine Betzler, the ad litem attorney, who represented the children in the case on behalf of Child Protective Services, described to the judge the extensive psychological trauma that the defendant's actions caused the victims.

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