Clarendon – On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, a jury trial resulted in the conviction of Allen Lynn Williams for the second degree felony offense of indecency with a child in the 100th Judicial District Court at the Donley County Courthouse. Following approximately 45 minutes of deliberation in the punishment phase of the trial, the jury sentenced Williams to 12 years in the Texas Department of Justice, Institutional Division.
District Attorney Luke Inman, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
Williams, 51 from Clarendon, Texas, was arrested by Donley County Sheriff Charles “Butch” Blackburn for the offense which took place on Nov. 5, 2018. Williams was originally indicted on Jan. 17, 2019, for the first degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Williams was later re-indicted on April 1, 2019, with a superseding indictment for the second degree felony offense of indecency with a child.
“This was a tough case,” said Caudle after the trial. “As is often true in sexual cases involving children, the child is the only witness to the crime.” Caudle added, “Fortunately, in this case, the child was able to move beyond her fear and credibly explain to the jury what the Defendant had done to her.”
The State called four witnesses in its case in chief. The victim, 11, but 10 at the time of the offense, was the State’s first witness.
Michelle Isham, a sexual assault nurse examiner, testified to the results of the sexual assault exam performed on the child following the crime. Ashley Anderle, a forensic interviewer with the Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, explained to the jury exactly how the victim recounted the incident to her within a couple of days of its happening.
Lastly, the State called Blackburn to describe how his investigation of the crime ultimately led to Williams’ arrest.
In his defense, Williams denied inappropriately touching the victim.
“Unfortunately, we try many cases involving children being inappropriately touched and our goal was ultimately reached with this Defendant being sentenced to the pen,” said Inman. “When something like this happens, victims and defendants can be rest assured that our office will seek justice.”
The jury also assessed a $10,000 against Williams.