Sexual assault of child gets Beaumont man 50 years in prison
A Beaumont man was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for sexual assault of a child.
Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a press release that Stevie Blaschke Hanke, 40, was found guilty and sentenced by Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist for the March 2, 2012, sexual assault of his nine-year-old stepdaughter. The jury returned the verdict after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.
According to court testimony, the nine-year-old child had been left in the care of Hanke while the mother was shopping. When the child’s mother returned, she walked in as the defendant was sexually assaulting her child. Hanke later confessed to a friend, and then to CPS Special Investigator Coy Collins.
In testimony, one witness stated that Hanke “took away that little girl’s childhood,” and the stepdaughter will forever remember what he did to her.
Following the sentencing, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Eric Houghton said, “We are very pleased with the jury’s swift verdict and Judge Gist’s sentence of 50 years. Justice was served for this brave little girl and her mother today. This individual will never hurt another child again.”
The defendant must serve at least 25 years of his sentence before being considered for parole based upon current parole law. Should parole ever be granted, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.