NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 22-year-old Nacogdoches woman accepted a plea bargain deal of what amounts to 10 years of probation for having sex with a boy under the age of 14 in April of 2014.
As part of the plea bargain, Ashley Brooke King pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony injury to a child charge, according to Andrew Jones, an assistant district attorney for Nacogdoches County. In addition to the 10 years of deferred adjudication, she will be required to pay a fine of $1,000 and perform 300 hours of community service.
"After speaking with those professionals and defense counsel, we felt that the most responsible course of action would be to ensure that she has proper parental guidance and a course of medical treatment that will prevent this sort of action from occurring in the future," Jones said. "As well, Nacogdoches County Probation Department has some excellent officers who are capable of working with those individuals placed on the mental health caseload.
King will also be banned from having any contact with the victim or his family, Jones said. She will be placed in the mental health caseload with Nacogdoches County's Adult Probation Department, and she will have to attend the Burke Center for all of her appointments and take all prescribed medications.
King will have to live with her mother for the duration of her probation. She is also banned from having any contact with elementary or secondary schools or having access to social media Web sites while she is on probation.
Jones said that King was originally charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
"However, she was examined by a psychiatrist and determined to be incompetent to stand trial," Jones said. "Ms. King was sent to an in-patient treatment facility in North Texas to restore her competency. Eventually, her competency was restored; however, the medical professionals remarked that she still has the mentality of a child."
Along those lines, the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office spoke to the victim's mother, and the woman said she was hopeful something like this would not happen again and said she wanted to make sure that King gets the medical help she needs, Jones said.
A Nacogdoches grand jury indicted King back in June of 2014. She was booked into the jail on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge and released later that day after she posted a bail amount of $50,000.
According to a copy of the indictment which was filed in the 420th Judicial District Court, the alleged sexual offense occurred on April 26. The indictment did not give any other information other than stating that King is accused of having sex with a boy under the age of 14.