Cassandra Stone has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Jesse Dale Smith
GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
The third person in a trio charged with sexually abuse of a child has been sentenced.
Cassandra Stone, 34, of Kilgore, received 25 years in prison today after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child according to records filed in the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office.
She will have to register as a sex offender for life. Stone’s sentence is part of a plea agreement entered today in the 188th District Court.
Stone was indicted in December 2012 for “acting in concert with Jesse Dale Smith, 34. The indictment states the two assaulted the child during the “same criminal episode.”
A third party to the assault, Peggy Weinberg, 28, was also named in the assault. She is serving two 30-year prison sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual performance of a child. Her sentences are running concurrently per a plea agreement entered in Gregg County’s 188th District Court.
Weinberg will be eligible for release when she is 57 years old, and will have to register as a sex offender.
Stone, along with Smith and Weinberg were arrested in September 2012 after police began investigating a Child Protective Services report, according to arrest affidavits filed in the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office. The trio was charged with abusing the same child.
The indictment filed in the 124th District Court stated that Weinberg aided Smith and was present when the child was assaulted and undressed the child, according to a criminal complaint filed in the 188th District Court.
Smith is serving a 35-year prison sentence for his part in the sexual assault of the child, who court records show, was younger than 3 years old at the time of the assault.
He was sentenced in the 124th District Court on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of possession of child pornography. Smith is not eligible for parole.
The charges against the trio stem from a September 2012 arrest at Smith’s home in the 400 block of PR 3526 in Kilgore after Gregg County deputies followed up on a Child Protective Services report, according to his arrest affidavit.
Smith confessed to having child pornography on his cell phone and gave deputies consent to search the phone, according to an offense report from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office. He also confessed to abusing the child.
The offense report shows police found images of child pornography on Smith’s cell phone and images of children ages two to 17 years old engaging in various sexual acts with adults and minors, including pictures of Smith molesting a 2-year-old child.
Smith later told officers he used his phone to download more than 100 pornographic images of children, according to the report.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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