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Athens man gets 60 year sentence for sexual assault of 14-yr-old

Jeffrey Seery. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail. Jeffrey Seery. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail.

Released by The Henderson County District Attorney's Office:

ATHENS, TX - Jeffrey Ross Seery, 41, of Athens was sentenced by a Henderson County Jury Monday to three consecutive 20 years sentences for sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl. 

Seery was arrested on Sept. 27, 2009, by Henderson County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Investigators from the District Attorney's Office after searching his home following allegations of sexual contact with a teenage girl. The case was then assigned to Sheriff's Investigator Ceresa Ballard, who specializes in crimes against children.

Seery was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury in February of last year on three counts of sexual assault.  Seery pled not guilty to the charges.  The trial began Jan. 25th in Carter Tarrance's 392nd District Court and concluded Monday, with the jury deciding the case Monday afternoon. 

After the three-20 year sentences were handed down, District Attorney Scott McKee requested that Judge Tarrance stack the sentences. Tarrance stacked the sentences by ordering that the terms be served consecutively which means the sentences are served one after another resulting in a 60 year sentence.

 

"These cases are extremely important to our community", said District Attorney Scott McKee.  "The jury's maximum sentence for each count is evidence of what our community feels about theses kinds of cases."  20 years is the maximum Seery could have received for each count.  "I certainly hope that this message is heard loud and clear by other potential predators lurking in our county." 

 

District Attorney Scott McKee and Assistant District Attorney Nancy Rumar prosecuted the case.   

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