Leath Gets Prison Time for Violating Terms of Sex Abuse Treatment

Published 10/03 2013 05:08PM

Updated 10/03 2013 05:16PM

Probation is revoked for a man who was originally sentenced to deferred adjudication for indecency with a child by contact and he's now sentenced to prison time.

In February 2011, Russell Leath received deferred adjudication as punishment for a sexual relationship he had with a 13-year-old girl.

He was booked back into the Wichita County Jail about two months ago after officials say he violated his probation.

Court documents filed by the district attorney's office alleged Leath violated his probation by admittedly using illegal drugs, consuming alcohol, failing to provide written proof of his community service, soliciting sex on the internet, and by failing to cooperate in his sexual abuse treatment program by engaging in deviant sexual activities on multiple occassions.

Those documents also allege Leath passed by the victim's house during his probation.

Because of those actions, 78th District Court Judge Barney Fudge sentenced Leath to 12 years in prison.

"The program in this case served to identify another sex offender who demonstrated a continuing danger to our community and a sex offender who was not interested in changing his attitude. I am thankful the program is available for that purpose," Assistant District Attorney Dobie Kosub says. "It is regrettable that the defendant chose not take advantage of this chance at rehabilitation, but, instead, chose to ignore the folks who were trying to help him. Now, he's going to pay a price for trying to take his pleasures at the expense of our community."

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