Fort Worth man gets 75 years for sexually abusing child

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A man who gave the morning-after pill to a 14-year-old girl he had abused for two years was sentenced Wednesday to 75 years in prison.

Mark Vincent Holton, 50, was convicted of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, five counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. Sentences for those convictions will run simultaneously with the 75-year-sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

The 75-year sentence offers no opportunity for parole, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said in a news release.

Holton gave the girl the morning-after pills to keep her from getting pregnant, the news release said.

Prosecutors Page Simpson and Dawn Ferguson presented evidence in the trial that on Nov. 5, 2011, a North East Mall security officer saw a middle-aged man inappropriately touch an underage girl in the parking lot.

When confronted about the inappropriate contact by a second security officer, the man drove away. Mall security gave the man’s Texas license plate number to Hurst police, who traced the vehicle to Holton, who lived in Keller, the release said.

Investigators found that Holton had been abusing a girl who had been living with him, sometimes four or five times a day. He told her that if she told people she was being abused, he would separate her from her younger sister and place her in foster care, the news release said.

The trial was conducted in state District Judge Mike Thomas’ court.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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