Life sentences that a Parker County jury assessed to an Azle man

The life sentences that a Parker County jury assessed to an Azle man in September, 2013 for sexually abusing a young girl for over five years were affirmed on appeal in a decision handed down Friday. The jury had convicted 34-year-old Charles Wayne Holbrook of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and two counts of indecency with a child for offenses that occurred from when the victim was five to ten years old. His punishment was set at two life sentences, two 20 year sentences, and $30,000 in fines, with the sentences to be served consecutively.

On appeal, Holbrook contended that the continuous sexual abuse offense was unconstitutional and that the multiple convictions violated the Double Jeopardy protections afforded under the constitution. The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth declined to hold the statute unconstitutional.

It was the first continuous sexual abuse of a young child case tried to a Parker County jury since the legislature created the offense a few years ago. The Defendant can still ask the Court of Criminal Appeals to consider his appeal. 43rd Judicial District Judge Craig Towson presided over the trial.

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