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Victoria man sentence to life in prison after found guilty of sexually assaulting a child

March 15, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2012 at 10:15 p.m.

Eric Wayne Stanford

A Victoria man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

A jury took less than 20 minutes to find Eric Wayne Stanford, 36, guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

District Judge Robert Cheshire sentenced Stanford to life in prison.

On July 26, the girl was visiting Stanford's nephew when the assault occurred, according to a Victoria County District Attorney's news release. She had gone there to play video games with the boy.

The father of the victim, who was not named to protect the identity of the girl, testified he called 911 after his daughter told him she had been sexually assaulted by Stanford at their neighbor's home, according to the news release.

The father, who is a military veteran, also testified he was about to confront Stanford with a loaded handgun but was stopped by his best friend.

During the testimony phase, Jennifer Mumphord, a sexual assault nurse examiner, said she examined the girl.

"Both the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office worked hard to get this dangerous predator off our streets," said Assistant District Attorney Eli E. Garza. "I believe that the child and her father showed strength and integrity facing the defendant in the courtroom. The child and her father are true heroes."

During the punishment hearing, a woman and her daughter, of Gregg County, testified Stanford sexually assaulted the daughter when she was 5. The daughter is now 21.

He was initially given probation in the case, but was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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