Ex Deputy Sentenced to Maximum in Sexual Assault Charge in Tarrant County
Dallas area residents may have recently read about a former Tarrant County Sherriff’s deputy Jonathan Helm who was convicted of one count sexual assault and one count prohibited sexual contact of a sixteen year old girl and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The teen was uncooperative with authorities but did testify the ex deputy had sex with her on one occasion. The teen became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. The jury took only 20 minutes to sentence Helm to the maximum sentence of 20 years for the sexual assault charge and 10 years for the prohibited sexual contact charge. The trial judge then stacked the sentences which means Helms will have first discharge the 20 year sentence before he begins to serve the 10 year sentence.
Texas sexual assault charges very serious and a judge is allowed to stack sentences for every conviction. If you find yourself charged with sexual assault you need to consult with a Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You have constitutional rights that need to be protected. A Texas criminal lawyer can also advise you how a criminal investigation will proceed and the best way to protect your rights.