Childress– On Friday, a Childress County jury found 36-year-old Jerome Flemons, of Vernon, guilty of the first degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
At the conclusion of the three-day jury trial, the jury sentenced Flemons to 40 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
“The jury decided in favor of the State today on a tough case dealing with the most horrific subject matter, a sexual assault of a child under the age of 14,” said Inman. “My office, our victim and victim’s family members appreciate their verdict, sentence, and service in one of the most difficult cases to prosecute.”
Flemons was arrested by Childress Police Department Detective Sergeant Landon Johnson for the offense on May 3, 2014.
Over the three day trial, the State called four witnesses. The victim was called first, followed by McKenzie Price with the Bridge Advocacy Center and Michelle Isham, a registered nurse from Northwest Texas Hospital and SANE nurse.
Detective Johnson was the last witness to testify for the State.
“While all of our witnesses did exceptional on the stand, including our child victim, Detective Johnson’s investigation and testimony in this case allowed us to achieve the result from the jury’s verdict today,” said Inman.
The offense date in the indictment was August 27, 2013. The child victim was nine years old at the time of the offense.
Flemons will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of his sentence, due to the nature of the seriousness of the crime he was convicted for.