Judge sentences man to 15 years for child indecency charges

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County district judge sentenced a man to two concurrent 15-year sentences Thursday following a July conviction on two counts of indecency of a child.

Willie Purvis was originally charged with three counts of indecency with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child. But in a bench trial, Judge Barry Bryan found Purvis not guilty on two of the counts of indecency, guilty on one and reduced the aggravated charge to indecency.

Purvis will be eligible for parole after he serves half of the sentence. Prosecuting attorney Dale Summa said he was pleased with the sentence.