A 52-year-old Hood County man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty last Wednesday of sexually molesting four young family members and sentenced him to 99 years behind bars, District Attorney Rob Christian said.
Whippoorwill Bay resident Samuel Duane McGinty admitted in February during a recorded interview conducted by investigators from the D.A.’s Office that he repeatedly sexually molested the first child who came forward, Christian said. But McGinty pleaded not guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
After hearing two days of testimony in 355th Judicial District Court from witnesses, including the first girl to come forward and three others, the 10-woman, two-man jury needed just 15 minutes to return with the guilty verdict, Christian said.
The jury then took only 10 minutes to decide his punishment.
“There is no parole from a sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child,” said Christian, who prosecuted the case. “McGinty must serve all of his 99-year sentence, which means McGinty will certainly die in prison.”
The sexual abuse occurred over a three-year period, when the victims ranged in age from 8 to 15, according to Christian.
McGinty was arrested after he gave his statement. Child Protective Services (CPS) then placed the girl and her siblings with other adult members of their family, Christian noted, but more trouble ensued.
“Immediately, those adult family members began to intimidate the child who had come forward,” Christian said. “The next day, (CPS) placed the girl and her siblings in foster care. While in foster care, three of the girl’s sisters reported that McGinty had sexually molested them, too. The jury heard that McGinty’s victims had been abused or neglected by their mother before they lived with McGinty.”
Christian said he commended the victims for their courage in confronting McGinty and telling their story to the jury.
Continuous sexual abuse of a child – two or more acts of sexual abuse committed by an individual against a child within a span of 30 or more days – was added to the Texas Penal Code in 2007, Christian said.
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