Perrigo Sexual Assault Trial

A Wichita County district judge sentenced a Texoma man to 30 years in prison.

David Alan Perrigo Jr., 38, was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency With a Child.  The jury recommended a 20 year sentence and a $10,000 fine for the first charge and a 10 year sentence for the second charge.

The trial started Monday, February 27th, at the Wichita County Courthouse.  The arrest warrant affidavit states the sexual abuse happened in July 2010. The affidavit also showed that Perrigo admitted to the abuse in August 2010.

Newschannel 6 learned from the Public Information Officer at Sheppard Air Force Base that Perrigo was stationed at SAFB at the time he was accused of the abuse. He served in the 82nd Medical Group from July 2010 to July 2011.  The PIO said Perrigo was not involved in patient care.

The first witnesses took the stand Tuesday, February 28th.  The court heard from six witnesses including a detective from the Wichita Falls Police Department, child care workers and the young child that was sexually assaulted by Perrigo.

The child was asked by the State to give graphic details of what happened during the assault.  Emotions were high in the courtroom as the child gave their testimony. Perrigo cried and jurors looked visibly disturbed.

Two pre-recorded interviews with Perrigo and law enforcement officials were also shown to the court.  The first video showed Perrigo being questioned by a detective.  In the interview he denied any intentional sexual contact with the child, but the second video showed Perrigo telling a different story.  In the very emotional second interview, Perrigo admitted to having a sexual encounter with the young child.  Perrigo said he never meant to hurt the child.

Three other witnesses were child care workers who worked at the daycare the minor attended during the time of the assault.  Officials said this is where the child first talked about the abuse to other children and adults.

The State rested Tuesday, February 28th, and court was recessed.  Judge Bob Brotherton said the trial would continue Wednesday, February 29th.

The Defense rested Wednesday, February 29th after calling their first and only witness to the stand.  The witness was a family member of Perrigo.  She was asked how much she knew about the sexual assault allegation.  The witness said she did not remember asking Perrigo details about what happened between him and the child.

A recorded telephone conversation between Perrigo and his family member showed otherwise.  Portions of a telephone conversation while Perrigo was in jail were read aloud to the courtroom.  In the conversation the family member asked Perrigo about the assault and why it happened.

The Defense called three witnesses to testify before the punishment phase.  One of the witnesses was Perrigo's family member.  She said she did not believe Perrigo is a pedophile, but she did say he should be kept away from children and should receive counseling.

After hearing closing statements from the State and the Defense, the jury deliberated on the punishment for four hours.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.