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Phoenix man found guilty in assault

A 51-year-old Phoenix man pled guilty to the 2011 aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl and was sentenced to 35 years in prison in a case that concluded in Parker County District Court last week.

David Nelson, Sr. was charged with sexually assaulting the girl over a period of years when he was residing in the Springtown area.

“This was a challenging case to investigate due to the fact that nearly everyone involved had moved in the years since the crime occurred,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who prosecuted the case. “Our victim did not disclose what had happened to her for years after the abuse ended, which is very common for victims of child molestation offenses.”

Swain said, in this case, that meant that Texas Ranger Tony Bradford had to coordinate resources with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and police departments in Arizona and Washington.

“When we needed to communicate with our victim, it meant that we needed to call her in Okinawa at the naval base there. There were certainly more logistical considerations with this case than we usually need to address,” Swain said.

“When interviewed by Ranger Bradford and asked if he ever molested the victim, Nelson told him, ‘Not that I know of’and ‘maybe I was drunk, I don’t know.’”

Nelson will not be eligible for parole until he has served half of his sentence.

The case was handled in the 43rd Judicial District Court, Judge Craig Towson presiding.