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Posted on: June 16, 2016

6/16/2016 - Five Life Sentences Handed Down in Child Sex Abuse Case

San Antonio, Texas, June 16, 2016: This afternoon, 290th District Court Judge Melisa Skinner sentenced Carl Bailes, age 40, to five life sentences and eight 20-year sentences. Earlier today, a Bexar County jury found Bailes guilty of 5 counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and 8 counts of Sexual Assault of a Child.

In 2012, a then 16-year-old girl made an outcry to her mother that Bailes had repeatedly sexually abused her. The victim, now 19 years old, testified that Bailes began sexually assaulting her when she was just 5 years old. Based on her accusations, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating Bailes. Bailes was subsequently charged with production, receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography. FBI agents discovered numerous files depicting child pornography on his computer and discovered Bailes had deleted an additional 100 files of child pornography. In November 2015, a federal judge sentenced Bailes to 135 years as a result of those charges.

During the punishment hearing today in State District Court, the victim told the judge the abuse still affects her and made a devastating impact on her childhood. The judge ordered two of the life sentences and one of the 20-year sentences be “stacked” or served consecutively with his 135-year federal prison sentence. The remaining three life sentences and seven 20-year sentences will be served concurrently.

“I commend the jury’s swift verdict and Judge Skinner’s tough sentence,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “Everyone can be at peace knowing that Mr. Bailes will never harm another innocent child. Our Office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who harm our children.”

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Sexual Assault of a Child is a second degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Kristina Escalona and Alessandra Cranshaw prosecuted the case against Bailes in the 290th District Court.

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