30 years: Offender goes to prison for sexual assault of children

Sidney Maxwell

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Aug. 10 that Sidney Maxwell, 61, pled guilty to nine charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, and one charge of indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony. Judge Raquel West accepted a plea agreement in the cases for 30 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in each aggravated sexual assault, and 20 years for the indecency with a child, to run concurrently.

Maxwell committed the offenses between April 2000 and October 2004 against two female victims, ages 8 to 12 at the time of the offenses. Although the victims knew each other, each victim was unaware that the other was being abused. In 2017, one of the victims, now 25 years old, came forward to report the offense. The other victim was then approached and questioned by a member of her family and confirmed she had also been a victim of Maxwell’s. The cases were then reported to the Port Neches Police Department. The details provided by each victim to Detective Visser of the Port Neches Police Department were very similar and corroborated each victim’s recollection of what happened.

The case was investigated by Detective Cheri Visser of the Port Neches Police Department and prosecuted by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

“This case is proof that it’s never too late to tell. These women coming forward now may have saved another child from being abused by the defendant, and we really can’t thank them enough for that,” said Assistant District Attorney Tatiana Zelezniak.

Maxwell will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.