Arlington man gets maximum penalty for sexual abuse

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A 54-year-old Arlington man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the maximum penalty available, for sexually abusing a mentally challenged girl for three years.

Jurors on Tuesday found Ronald Schermerhorn guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child under age 14, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

The girl was a playmate of Schermerhorn’s grandchildren, prosecutors said. “The abuse started at age 10 and continued through age 13,” the news release stated.

During the punishment phase on Wednesday, the jury heard testimony from three other girls that Schermerhorn also sexually abused them.

“We are very proud of the four young ladies who came forward and were courageous enough to tell what this man did to them,” prosecutor Dawn Ferguson said. “We hope this verdict inspires others to do the same.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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