Officials: Man had sex with children

February 23, 2013

A plea agreement gave 49-year-old Granbury resident James J. Vandam a 15-year prison sentence for having sexual contact with two children.

District Judge Ralph Walton accepted his signed confession Tuesday afternoon before pronouncing him guilty.

Vandam, who most recently was residing in the 900 block of Charterhouse Circle, will serve both sentences at the same time. The sentence would require that he serve at least 7-1/2 years although Walton credited him with time served in the Hood County Jail.

Hood County District Attorney Christian said that two incidents occurred several years ago, when the victims were ages 10 and 12.

Christian said that his plea offer not only was accepted by Vandam, but was also approved by the victims. Vandam had waived his right to a jury trial.

Vandam was arrested on April 20 by Hood County District Attorney Investigator Robert Young.

Shortly after Vandam’s arrest, Christian had told the Hood County News that Young interviewed a victim who had been sexually molested by Vandam. Three days later, Young interviewed the second victim, who also described being molested by Vandam. The second charge against Vandam was filed on April 26.

The punishment range for the offense is from 2 to 20 years in prison.

Christian offered no comments on the case afterward, noting that he wanted to protect the privacy of the victims.

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