LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County jury sentenced a Hudson man to 40 years in a state prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl about two years ago. The jury issued the sentencing in the punishment phase of Kevin Gregory Kathrine's trial Thursday morning.
The jury in the 159th District Court found Kathrine guilty of sexual assault of a child Wednesday. He was found not guilty of a secondary charge of indecency with a child.
During the testimony phase of the trial, the victim's mother testified that she and her husband run a trailer park in Angelina County. They hired Kathrine to do maintenance after he got behind on his rent.
"We were trying to do the right, Christian thing," the victim's mother said on the stand.
About two years after the first incident, the victim's mother said that her daughter told her that she didn't like Kathrine because he touched her. When the panicked mother questioned her child even further, her daughter told her about two different times that Kathrine touched her inappropriately.
The first time, the child was at her grandparents' trailer on a day that Kathrine was painting with them. The woman testified that her daughter was lying on a bunk bed when she woke up to Kathrine pulling her pants down and looking at her privates.
The second time was when the family was moving her sister-in-law's trailer. The child's mother said they were gathering wood, and her daughter and her best friend were playing outside. The woman told the jury that Katherine started giving the girls piggy-back rides. She said her daughter wanted to be put down, but he wouldn't put her down and stuck his hands down her pants.
"She hollered put me down put me down and he wouldn't put her down," the child's mother said.
The victim was nervous as she testified in court. During her testimony, the girl explained how Kathrine touched her inappropriately and showed jurors on a toy doll where he touched her.
In addition, the victim's best friend testified that Kathrine once looked through the window of her trailer while she and the victim were changing into their pajamas during a sleep over.
According to Hudson Police, on March 7, the victim told her mother she did not like the alleged suspect because he touched her. The mother then called police to report the incident.
Hudson police officer Joseph Burton said the child identified the suspect as Kevin Gregory Kathrine, of Hudson. The girl stated in a forensic interview, Kathrine inappropriately touched her several times between the late summer and early fall of 2009 and again in May of 2011.
Burton said during an interview with Kathrine, the suspect stated that he did not intentionally hurt the girl, but he may have unintentionally hurt her.
On March 19, he was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony.