Arlington man sentenced to life for sexually abusing children

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FORT WORTH -- As eight young women and girls looked on, a 42-year-old Arlington man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the continuous sexual abuse of children.

Jurors took 12 minutes to assess his sentence. Earlier Thursday, they took less than four hours to convict him.

The eight accusers testified this week that Gregg Wesley MacIntosh, 42, molested them while they were ages 5 to 12.

The eight girls and young women and their mothers filled two rows of benches in the back of state District Judge Robb Catalano's courtroom. Three girls testified in the guilt-innocence phase of the trial. Five others testified in the sentencing phase. After the sentence was read, they gathered to embrace each other.

"After more than a decade of sexually abusing young girls, the jury gave Gregg MacIntosh the punishment he deserves," Alana Minton, who prosecuted the case, said in a statement. "Nothing other than life without parole was going to stop him."

The eight who testified were relatives of MacIntosh or friends of relatives or children of women he dated. The Star-Telegram is not identifying the girls because of their ages and the nature of the charges.

One girl testified that MacIntosh gave her money after he rubbed her on top of her clothes near her genitals. One time, MacIntosh gave her $60 that she used to buy toys, she testified.

"It made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "I told my school counselor."

In another case, a young relative reported that MacIntosh had molested her. That complaint triggered a probation revocation hearing that could have sent him back to prison on a 2001 charge of indecency with a child/fondling, testified B. Taylor, a Tarrant County probation officer.

But she recanted her statement, and the petition expired and the probation revocation hearing was dismissed, Taylor told the jury.

"He was deceitful," Taylor said. "I was worried about him re-offending."

One girl testified that her mother did not believe her when she said MacIntosh was molesting her. She ultimately took back her statement, she told the jury.

Minton noted in her closing argument that often when complaints were made about MacIntosh, he was able to get the girls to recant.

"We failed. We failed those kids," Minton said as she choked back tears. "He got away with it. He used the weapon of fear and manipulation and that's the weapon that kept them quiet. The more trust, the more fear, the more control he had over a child, the greater the abuse."

One girl said the abuse started when she was 5 and continued until she was 11 or 12, months before she reported the abuse to authorities.

Two girls who testified this week said MacIntosh lavished them with gifts, such as a Kindle Fire, bicycles and a horse, to gain their parents' trust and to make the girls like him.

The abuse occurred when they slept at his house. The girls testified that MacIntosh wanted them all to call him "Daddy."

"He gave them gifts, he gave them money, he did whatever he had to do to keep them quiet," prosecutor Leticia Martinez said during her closing statements.

"He knows he can get away with it because he knows how easy it is to attack children. It's time for it to be over. It's time for him to go to prison and never, ever have access to children again."

MacIntosh was convicted and sentenced under a law that took effect in 2007 with other legislation called Jessica's Laws. This particular law gives prosecutors the ability to pursue a sentence of life without parole for child predators who commit more than one offense of aggravated sexual assault against a child under 14, according to the Texas attorney general's website.

The law sets a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life for predators who commit aggravated sexual assault against a victim who is younger than 6 or in certain circumstances, if the victim is younger than 14, according to the attorney general.

"Facts such as these are exactly why the Legislature passed the continuous sexual abuse law," Minton said. "It's designed to keep predators like Gregg MacIntosh who preyed upon a number of children over a long period of time off the streets and away from our kids."

Mitch Mitchell,

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Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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