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ETX man sentenced for continuous sexual assault of a child

Leslie Preston. Photo Source: Henderson County District Attorney's Office. Leslie Preston. Photo Source: Henderson County District Attorney's Office.

Released by the Henderson County District Attorney's Office:

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - Leslie Preston, 45 of Athens, was sentenced Monday by 392nd District Judge Carter Tarrance to 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Preston pled guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child after he was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury in July of this year.  The indictment alleged that Preston sexually assaulted the victim, who was younger than 14 years of age, during a period of 30 or more days and on two or more occasions. 

Detective Adam Parkins from the Athens Police Department testified in the punishment hearing that Mr. Preston confessed to the assaults, admitting that he had touched the victim inappropriately and had tried  to have intercourse with her. He also made a statement that he was a "sick individual and that society would not want him."  In her closing arguments to the court, Assistant District Attorney Nancy Rumar told the Court: "Every child fears monsters and boogeymen hiding in the closets or under the bed.  In this child's case, it was true, there was a boogeyman.  Mr. Preston is sick and he is right, society does not want him."

District Attorney Scott McKee praised the work of the Athens Police Department and Detective Adams Parkins.  McKee also stated that these cases are very emotional and difficult cases to investigate and prosecute.  "These cases take a team effort and we have one of the best teams in the State" said McKee.  "Our prosecutors, Investigators, Sexual Assault Response Team, Multi-disciplinary Team, Law Enforcement Agencies, Child Advocacy Center and our SANE nurses all come together to investigate, staff and prosecute these cases."  McKee also noted that not only do these teams prosecute these cases; they truly care for the victims and provide them support as well. 

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