Jury takes 15 minutes to find Crowell man guilty of sexual assault

Jury takes 15 minutes to find Crowell man guilty of sexual assault

VERNON, TX (KAUZ) - A Crowell man is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Wednesday evening concluding a two-day jury trial in Foard County.

Ronald Ray Chappell, 59, was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The abuse is believed to have taken place in January and May of 2016.

Two Crowell ISD students testified on Tuesday afternoon who stated the victim told them about the sexual abuse during a church outing.

Those students informed their parents who reached out to the Foard County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was taken to Patsy's House Children's Advocacy Center in Wichita Falls for a forensic interview. The 13-year-old girl told the interviewer that she had been sexually assaulted by Chappell on multiple occasions.

A sexual assault exam conducted at United Regional Hospital verified the trauma consistent with sexual abuse.

The Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation. On May 12, 2016, a Texas Ranger interviewed Chappell who originally denied the sexual abuse claims but eventually admitted to the acts claiming they were accidents or unintended.

It took the jury less than fifteen minutes this Wednesday to find Chappell guilty. During the punishment phase, DA Staley Heatly showed prior judgments showing Chappell had been convicted of three prior felonies including Rape and Injury to a Child.

District Judge Mike Bird stacked the two sentences so that once will not commence until the other one is served.

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