Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Monday, July 14 news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, that Christopher Dale Harrison, 33, of Port Neches, entered a guilty plea and was immediately sentenced today to a term of 25 years in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2013 charge of continuous sexual abuse of a 14-year-old child, in the 252nd District Court with Judge Tom Rugg presiding.
A combined state/federal online “sting” operation revealed that Harrison possessed and was offering for distribution online images of child pornography, the release states. A search warrant was issued and the residence where Harrison and his family were living was searched on April 18, 2013. Images of child pornography were located on both a computer and a smart phone. During several interviews conducted by state and federal investigators, Harrison revealed that some of the images he had produced himself, the subject being his stepdaughter. Both the images and his admissions led to the indictment alleging that he had committed aggravated sexual assault of a child against the victim two or more times during a period of at least 30 days.
The 25 years must be served on a day-for-day basis, the release states, with Harrison only getting credit for the time he spent in federal and state custody awaiting disposition. He will serve his state time concurrently with the federal sentence, also twenty-five years, assessed for the child pornography charges.
“This child should be 34 years old and well able to protect herself before this monster gets out, and that’s how it should be” said Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez. “This is an excellent example of how joint prosecutions can and do work.”