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July 29, 2013

35 years behind bars

Man sentenced for aggravated sexual assault of child

Athens — Jason Hood, 37, formerly of Chandler, was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court to 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14 years of age and five years for the Indecency of a Child by Contact. 

Assistant District Attorney Nancy Rumar prosecuted the case on behalf of District Attorney Scott McKee’s Office.  The investigation led by Henderson County Sheriff’s Investigator Jessica Halbert revealed that Hood had been having sexual contact with a family member since she was 9-years-old. The victim was 15 at the time the allegations came forth. The Henderson County Child Advocacy Center provided victim services and a forensic interview in support of the case.

District Attorney Scott McKee credited the work of Henderson County Sheriff’s investigator Jessica Halbert and Sheila Durden of the Child Advocacy Center for their work in helping to put another sex offender behind bars. 

“The work these ladies do in these tough cases is gut-wrenching and sometimes thankless, but they are the best and I am glad they are part of the team.”  McKee said. 

McKee also indicated that Assistant District Attorney Nancy Rumar is known throughout the state as a tough prosecutor and child advocate.

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