LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County jury sentenced the Lufkin man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in 2013 to 35 years in prison for each of his two aggravated sexual assault of a child charges Friday.
The Texas Department of criminal Justice prison sentences will be concurrent, which means they will be served at the same time.
During Friday's punishment phase of the ongoing trial for the Lufkin man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in 2013, the state brought in a witness that said William James "Pookie" Taylor sexually assaulted her back in 2000 when she was 10 or 11.
An Angelina County jury found Taylor, 36, guilty of two first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child Thursday. Taylor. The jury trial is being held in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court.
Taylor, 36, was arrested on Nov. 14, 2013. He was originally charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. Since then, he has been indicted on a total of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The state brought in a 24-year-old woman who said her cousin was in a relationship with Taylor back in 2000. At the time, the witness was 10 or 11 years old.
During her testimony, the woman told the jurors that one day while she was sleeping over at her cousin's house after a cook out, Taylor tapped while she was asleep, and they went into the laundry room.
The woman testified that Taylor started touching her with his private parts before he sexually assaulted her. After the alleged assault, Taylor told her not to say anything or they would get in trouble.
The alleged victim said that she finally told someone when she was in the 12th grade. She told the jurors that she never told anyone what had happened because she was scared.
After the 24-year-old saw a story on TV about Taylor doing the same thing to someone else, she decided to come forward. The alleged victim told he jurors that she posted something on Facebook that stated she saw something on the news that brought back memories from her childhood.
Later, Taylor's mother took the stand in his defense. Martha Taylor said that he has always been a respectful man.
"He's a good person," Martha Taylor. "He was raised right. I don't believe that he did those things."
Taylor's mother also said her son has four "beautiful" children, and there is nothing he wouldn't do for them.