A Hood County man whose matter-of-fact confession was “remorseless” and “disturbing, even for a child molester” was sentenced on Jan. 15 to 50 years in prison, District Attorney Rob Christian said.
Robert Aaron Ford, 27, a Sky Harbour resident, confessed to molesting the female victim “three to four times a week” from the time she was 9 until about age 10-1/2, Christian said. The victim knew Ford prior to when the sexual abuse began.
The charge, continuous sexual abuse of a child, carries a punishment range of 25 years to 99 years or life in prison. Because there is no early release on that offense, Ford will be 77 years old by the time he completes his sentence, Christian said.
Ford chose to waive his right to a jury trial on Jan. 13. He pleaded guilty and decided to have Judge Ralph Walton assess the punishment.
“It is unusual for defendants to waive their right to a jury and plead guilty to a judge without a plea bargain agreement in place,” Christian said. “I believe that Ford will spend the rest of his life in prison, which is where he needs to be.”
The victim first told her father and her father’s girlfriend that Ford had been molesting her.
The girl’s father called the Hood County Sheriff’s Office to report what she said.
Investigators Robert Young and Ashley Rasberry with the District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation. Rasberry observed the victim being interviewed by a forensic interviewer from the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center.
“During a two-hour recorded conversation with Investigator Young, Ford confessed to repeatedly molesting (the victim),” Christian said. “
Christian and Assistant District Attorney Megan Chalifoux presented evidence to Walton, who also heard testimony from the victim. Richard Hattox, Ford’s attorney, presented evidence from Ford’s family and friends. Ford also testified during the punishment hearing, stating that he had become a Christian since the arrest and was prepared to go to prison, but asked for leniency, Christian noted.
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