A 42-year-old Sanger man pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a case that concluded on Oct. 7 in district court in Weatherford.
James Burt Opitz had been accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl on numerous occasions in 2012 and 2013 in northern Parker County.
“The allegations came out after the victim’s brother found pictures that she had taken of her own genitals on her Nintendo DS,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who prosecuted the case. “When her mother took her to a counselor to find out why she had taken the pictures, the victim explained what Opitz had been doing to her. It was a very credible outcry which the Sheriff’s Office investigators followed up on and corroborated.”
Opitz won’t be eligible for parole until he has completed half his sentence, Swain said. “Of course, just because he’s eligible doesn’t mean that they will or should grant him parole.”