LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man acquitted by an Angelina County jury pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to failure to register as a sex offender, a status he earned following a 2003 conviction.
Paul Lawrence Taylor, 40, will serve a 10-year prison sentence concurrently with a sentence coming off a conviction of the same crime in San Jacinto County.
Taylor was indicted in 2007 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl. A jury acquitted him of the charge in early July.
However, because of a previous conviction, Taylor was required to register as a sex offender, which came to light after the latest charge. San Jacinto and Angelina Counties charged him with the crime.
Though the Angelina County conviction will not mean extra prison time for Taylor, District Attorney Clyde Herrington said it was important for the conviction to show up on Taylor's record.
"A parole board may take the conviction into consideration when he's eligible," Herrington said.