Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Sexual Assault of a Child

A Vernon man was sentenced to forty years in prison during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County on Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Booker, 42, of Vernon, was sentenced to forty years in prison following his plea of guilty to sexual assault of a child. Booker was accused of having sexual relations with a fourteen year old boy on July 12, 2014.

The victim told his mother about the assault on September 2, 2014, and she immediately went to Vernon Police. The police set up a forensic interview for the victim at Patsy's House in Wichita Falls. The child told the interviewer that after the sexual assault the defendant had threatened him not to tell anyone.

Booker will be required to register as a sex offender for life should he ever be released from prison.  While Booker will be eligible for parole after having served half his sentence, most sex offenders in Texas serve close the the full sentence. He was represented by Earl Griffin of Childress.

District Attorney Staley Heatly prosecuted the case while District Judge Dan Mike Bird accepted the plea and assessed the sentence.