Port Arthur man sentenced for sexual assault of a child


Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced today that Port Arthur resident James Arceneaux, 53, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Jefferson County jury.  The same jury convicted Arceneaux yesterday for sexually assaulting a six (6) year old child in his Port Arthur home, on or about June 29, 2013.  The trial was held in the Criminal District Court, Judge John Stevens Jr. presiding. 

According to evidence presented during the trial, the victim and her 10-year old sister testified regarding the molestation they endured numerous times by the defendant.  The punishment phase began this morning after a delay due to weather.  The jury reached its decision after about an hour of deliberation.

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 Stevens, Assistant District Attorney Bobby Ortego stated, “The jury sent a strong message to child molesters that their conduct will not be tolerated, and they will be held accountable.”