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Couple sentenced to prison for sexual assault of boy, 11

09/15/2010 11:13 PM

06/30/2011 8:54 AM

A husband and wife from Fort Worth have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in a Parker County court to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Kyle Pope, 38, was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison, and Linette Pope, 39, got a 30-year term Sept. 3, according to a news release Wednesday from the Parker County district attorney's office.

They were living in Springtown in 2007 when they "sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy under the guise of teaching him sexual education," Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said in the release. "At the direction of her husband, Linette Pope engaged in sexual acts with the boy."

Kyle Pope was not accused of touching the boy, but, according to Swain, "he was guilty as a party because he was the one who came up with the idea."

Pope "demonstrated some of the sex acts on his wife in front of the boy, and he encouraged the sex acts between his wife and the boy," Swain wrote.

The boy told a school counselor what had happened "a couple of years" later, according to the release.

Linette Pope later confessed to a Parker County sheriff's investigator.

She also said the couple were "high on methamphetamine at the time of the assault," Swain said.

"In the 15 years that I've been a felony prosecutor, I can't recall having a husband and wife convicted of the same sexual assault," Swain said.

The Popes were convicted last year in Tarrant County of possession of a controlled substance, and Kyle Pope's record includes several other convictions, Swain wrote.

The two pleas were accepted in the 43rd District Court in Weatherford. State District Judge Don Chrestman presided over Kyle Pope's case; visiting Judge David Cleveland heard the case against Linette Pope, Swain said.

Kyle Pope will be eligible for parole in 2026, and Linette Pope will become eligible in 2024, according to District Attorney Don Schnebly.

"Given the nature of the offense, however, I would expect that both of these defendants will serve significantly longer than that," Schnebly said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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