Harlingen man found guilty of sexual abuse of a child

Harlingen man found guilty of sexual abuse of a child
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:45am

It took jurors just two hours to render a guilty verdict Tuesday against Ronald Blake Fears, 37, on five counts of various sexual crimes against a child. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office was successful in utilizing Jessica’s Law that was enacted in 2007.

The Law, named after Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida girl who was sexually battered and murdered in 2005, allows for some of the nation’s harshest punishments for individuals committing continuous sexual abuse of child.

Fears, a Harlingen resident, was found guilty of one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child. The victim, now 15, testified that the abuse began at age 8. Assistant District Attorneys Stephanie Rollins and Brandy Bailey prosecuted the case in the 138th state District Court.

Both credit the guilty verdict to the residents of Cameron County. “The verdict is a reflection on the citizens of Cameron County and their firm stance on crimes against children,” Rollins said.

Fears, a Harlingen resident, could face a life sentence. Minimum sentence for Jessica’s Law is 25 years with no
opportunity for parole or early release. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29 in the 138th state District Court by Judge Arturo Cisneros Nelson.

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