Yorktown man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child
Jan. 9, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.
A Yorktown man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Jury selection had begun Monday when Clifton Bryan Boerm, 55, and DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard reached a plea deal.
Sheppard asked the court to assess Boerm's punishment at 30 years in prison.
Defense attorney Keith Weiser requested that Boerm be placed on deferred adjudication, which means he would be under community supervision.
Boerm pleaded guilty to repeatedly assaulting a child under the age of 14 over the course of two years, Sheppard said.
During the sentencing phase, Judge Stephen Williams heard testimony from that child and from two others who said they witnessed the abuse and were abused as well, he said.
The child's grandparents learned of the abuse years after the assaults, so there was no forensic evidence, Sheppard said.
The grandparents reported it to the Texas Rangers, who led the investigation.
A grand jury returned four more indictments against Boerm, but those cases will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, Weiser said.
Weiser called five witnesses who have known Boerm for years to testify.
"They testified that in their opinion, he was the type of person who, if given the opportunity, could successfully complete the deferred adjudication," Weiser said.