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East Texas man convicted for sexual contact with a minor

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An East Texas man has been convicted for engaging in sexual contact with a minor in 2012. An East Texas man has been convicted for engaging in sexual contact with a minor in 2012.
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 An East Texas man has been convicted for engaging in sexual contact with a minor.

Assistant District Attorneys Jenny Palmer and Danny Cox presented evidence to Judge Carter Tarrance that Jay Tony Rackley, 36, engaged in sexual contact with a sixteen year-old female in 2012. Rackley pleaded not guilty and opted for a trial before the court. Trial started on Monday, June 16.

The conviction stems from an outcry made by a sixteen year old female in 2012. The child told her relative that Rackley had been engaging in sexual contact with her over a period of months that escalated in abuse that occurred in August 2012. The court heard testimony from the child’s counselor, medical professionals, several family members of the child, and from the child herself. The court also heard testimony that Rackley had previously served almost twelve years in prison for an Aggravated Robbery conviction he received in 2000. Rackley had been out of prison for less than a year when the child came forward.

Rackley will be sentenced on July 28, 2014. He is facing punishment of up to twenty years in prison.

District Attorney McKee praised the work of his prosecutors in the case as well as the victim. “It takes a tremendous amount of courage for a young woman to face the person who sexually abused her at a young age. She is no longer a victim,” said McKee, “She is a survivor and an inspiration to other victims.”

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