Man pleads guilty to sexual assault of a child
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual assault of a child, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a Tuesday, July 29 press release.
A Jefferson County jury was about to begin hearing evidence in the case when Rodney Adams, 37, entered a guilty plea in the 252nd District Court.
According to offense reports, on September 25, 2013, Beaumont police were called to a residence in reference to a possible sexual assault of a child. When police arrived on scene they met with the 16 year old victim and her mother. The victim’s mother told police that she believed her daughter had been molested by her stepfather, the defendant. Adams had fled prior to the arrival of officers.
The victim and her mother gave sworn statements to investigators. In the victim’s statement, she said that her stepfather made her perform oral sex on him at their home. She also told of other occasions where she was sexually abused by the defendant prior to the family moving to Texas. The mother of the victim told investigators that when she confronted Adams he first denied, but later admitted that what the victim said was true.
Sexual Assault of a Child is a second degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison. The defendant must serve at least one half of his sentence before being considered for parole based upon current parole law. Additionally, should he ever be paroled, he must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Following formal sentencing by Judge Lindsey Scott, Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, “The family is extremely happy that Mr. Adam’s took responsibility for his actions and did not force his stepdaughter to relive the terrible things that he did to her. This is a new beginning for the family.”