Jury: Life in Prison for Convicted Child Molester

It took a jury less than an hour Wednesday to recommend two life sentences and separate 20 year sentences for a man convicted of sexual assault of a child on Tuesday.

Clarence Swegheimer received life in prison on two counts of aggravated sexual assault and 20 years for each of the four indecency counts.

89th District Judge Charles Barnard also ordered the sentences to be stacked at the request of the prosecution.

"You told a young girl no one would believe her. Well, this jury believes her. I believe her which is why I'm stacking the sentences," said Judge Barnard.

The Judge also assessed Swegheimer a fine of $10,000 for each conviction by request of the Jury.

Swegheimer shook his head and rocked back and forth when the decision was read.

The prosecutor said the sentence sends a clear message to any sexual predators in Wichita Co.

During the trial that started last Wednesday, prosecutors presented evidence alleging Swegheimer sexually assaulted two Wichita Falls girls several years ago.

This trial concerned only one of the girls, though. 

The other alleged victim gave a statement after the judge made his ruling.

She told Swegheimer that she never told anyone what he did to her, but finally told her best friend.

She said she would "never forget (Swegheimer) or the horrible memories," but that she would do her best to forget him. 

She told Swegheimer that she "hated him" and the end of her statement said, "I am not a victim anymore, I am a survivor."

If the sentences had not been stacked, Sweigheimer Would have been elgible for parole for the maximum sentences at age 100.


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