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Victoria mother sentenced to life for allowing sex offender to babysit her child

By Gheni_Platenburg
March 30, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.

Susan Katherine Stewart

A Victoria woman was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for injury and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

After four days of testimony, a jury found Susan Katherine Stewart, a mother, guilty of three counts of injury to a child and three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The Advocate has made the decision to name Stewart because both of her children no longer reside in the Victoria County area.

Additionally, one of the children has since had a name change.

District Judge Steven Kemper Williams presided over the case.

Williams sentenced Stewart to life in prison on all six counts.

Evidence was presented during the four days of trial that showed Stewart had repeatedly delivered her two young children to a known registered sex offender, Gerald Graves, according to the media release.

The evidence also showed Stewart was repeatedly warned from 2001 to 2005 by CPS officials to keep her children away from Graves.

Graves was convicted in July of 2011 and sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing Stewart's two children.

Investigator Angela Martinez with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office finalized the investigation that began when the two children made an outcry in 2010 about the sexual abuse by Gerald Graves, according to the media release.

During this investigation, Martinez determined that Susan Stewart's parental rights to the children had been terminated in 2007 for failing to protect the children from Graves.

Stewart was then charged with the some of the same acts committed by Graves upon her child, and, while Stewart had no previous criminal history, the jury sentenced her to life in prison for all counts.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Johna Stallings and Allison Jones Marek of the Victoria County District Attorney's Office.

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