Euless man convicted of sexual assault of a child

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FORT WORTH -- A Euless man was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting a child and faces a possible sentence of 25 years to life in prison with no chance for parole.

Convicted sex offender Timothy Edward Whitington, 46, told police that he knows what he did was wrong and that he needs help to overcome his affliction.

Whitington was previously convicted of producing of child pornography in federal court in May 2011 and is just beginning to serve a 16-year sentence for that offense, according to Eric Nickols, Tarrant County prosecutor.

During a taped interview shown to the jury on Thursday, Whitington told Euless police Detective Todd Murphree that he and an 11-year-old relative sat on a couch and touched each other in a sexual way in 2010.

"All I wanted to do is enjoy a fantasy and pretend," Whitington said during the interview. "I didn't want to get into any trouble."

During the punishment phase of the trial Friday, the felon's father David Whitington, pastor at Christ our King Church in Southlake, testified that he has suffered with his son through his federal conviction and is suffering with him again now.

"The chats are terrible. I've had to read through them," David Whitington, 71, told the jury. "He admitted to me what he's admitted to over and over again. There were two instances of masturbation. He did admit to that. But he said he never had any attraction to kids. His attraction has always been, homosexually, to his peers who had children."

Whitington's defense attorneys, Randy Bowers and Sheila Patten, argued during their closing statements that their client is guilty of the lesser charge of indecency with a child.

But prosecutors Dale Smith and Nickols asked the jury to send Whitington to prison for the rest of his life so he will never have another opportunity to abuse a child.

"A verdict of indecency with a child will have this table giving each other high fives," Nickols told the jury. And then Nickols reminded the jury that the boy, who is now 13, testified on Wednesday that Whitington told people during computer chats how he planned to "plow" the child when he got older.

"You were looking at a kid who is confused," Nickols said. "He's been sexualized since he was young."

Smith encouraged the jury to hold Whitington accountable for the things that he did to the victim.

During a recorded session with a forensic interviewer from the Tarrant County Alliance for Children that the jury reviewed on Thursday, the victim said he could not remember much of what happened while he was in Whitington's apartment.

The victim told the interviewer that he remembered Whitington touching him in his "private places" around the groin area, taking showers with him and being rubbed down with lotion, the video showed. The victim also told the interviewer that Whitington took pictures of him while he did not have any clothes on.

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