April 27, 2017
A Houston man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a young boy who stayed with friends of the family, and so feared his attacker that he testified via closed-circuit television.
Robert Lewis Sherod, 48, was convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of six, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Sherod won’t be eligible for parole due to the nature of the crime.
He will be nearly 80 when he is to be released.
Sending Sherod to prison for decades underscores the importance of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, authorities said.
“During this month dedicated to child abuse awareness and prevention, we are reminded that children are our most vulnerable members of the community,” JoAnne Musick, chief of the Sex Crimes Division said.
“The prosecution of those who attack our children is a responsibility not taken lightly,” Musick said.
The child, who was five at the time of the attack, broke down on the stand as he described the 2014 abuse.
“He was too terrified to speak; too terrified to be in the same room as his attacker” Musick said. “As a result, the judge let him take the stand via closed circuit TV.”
The boy articulated what he endured and shared sexual details that no child should ever have to know during testimony for a jury in the 178th District Court, Musick said.
He first complained to his mother about the attack. She contacted authorities.
Sherod has previously been sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for offenses including burglary, theft, cocaine possession and delivery of a controlled substance.
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