A 31-year-old Army deserter was convicted this week of sexually assaulting two women and was sentenced to prison.
Scotty Wayne Lytle of Burleson was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison on each of two counts of sexual assault and to 10 years for choking his ex-girlfriend. The sentences are to run concurrently. Lytle must serve half of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
He also must register as a sex offender for life.
One of the sexual assault counts involved the best friend of Lytle’s girlfriend, prosecutors told jurors. On July 25, 2013, Lytle and the two women went out for a night of drinking at a Burleson bar and then drank some more at his girlfriend’s residence. The friend went to sleep in a vacant bedroom, the release said.
The friend reported to Burleson police that she awoke to find Lytle sexually assaulting her, the release said. Lytle stopped and pleaded with her not to tell his girlfriend and left the room, according to the release.
In August, he was arrested and charged with sexual assault.
On Jan. 5, he was free on bond and awaiting trial in that case when he went to the Burleson house of his now ex-girlfriend, the same house where the previous rape occurred.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Lytle and the woman argued, he punched a hole in a bedroom door, threw her on her bed, nearly choked her into unconsciousness and raped her. For several hours Lytle refused to allow the woman to leave her residence, but she escaped after Lytle suggested they seek a minister’s advice about their relationship. As they walked out of the house, the woman was able to lock herself in her truck and called 911. Lytle was arrested, the release said.
A jury convicted Lytle on Wednesday of the two sexual assault counts. He asked state District Judge George Gallagher to assess punishment.
During the punishment phase, Tarrant County prosecutors Bill Vassar and Jacob Mitchell called a third woman who testified that Lytle molested her in 2002 when she was 13. Prosecutors asked Gallagher to sentence Lytle to the maximum of 20 years in prison on all counts.