|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chad Wayne Barrett, 39 years old, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Judge Robert Cheshire sentenced the defendant after being presented a plea bargain agreement. "The State was really concerned about the mental and emotional well being of this child should she have to confront the defendant during trial; however, we were prepared to take this case forward should the defendant reject the State's offer," said Assistant District Attorney Eli E. Garza.
On March 21, 2011, a counselor at a local elementary school was contacted by the child who told her that the defendant had sexually abused her. The counselor immediately contacted the Victoria County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) who began an investigation into the offense. Shortly thereafter, the defendant was questioned by VCSO Investigators Angela Martinez and DPS Investigators Tim Upright. The defendant admitted to both investigators to sexually assualting the child.
"The victim has been through hell because of the actions of this defendant, even now, she is struggling to get back to being a normal child". "I hope the child and her immediate familiy can begin the healing process and get a sense of closure knowing that this defendant will spend the next 25 years in prison." Garza said.
Chad Wayne Barrett (Jail Photo)
Age 39 of Victoria, TX.