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Founder of Fort Worth mentoring program gets 4 years for soliciting minor

Paul Jamison Jr. founded Developing Boys To Men in 2009.
Paul Jamison Jr. founded Developing Boys To Men in 2009. Courtesy

The founder of a nonprofit mentor program for at-risk boys has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to online solicitation of a minor.

Paul Dean Jamison Jr., 33, was also sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication probation on a charge of sexual assault of a child/solicitation of a minor.

Jamison, who founded Developing Boys to Men in 2009, was initially arrested Oct. 16 after an investigation by the Fort Worth police Crimes Against Children unit revealed that he had asked a 15-year-old boy in the program to text him a sexually explicit photograph.

He was free on bail when he was arrested again on Oct. 21, 2015, this time accused of seeking oral sex from another 15-year-old boy in the program.

Jamison was charged with sexual assault of a child/solicitation of a minor and online solicitation of a minor, both third-degree felonies.

Tarrant County court records show that Jamison pleaded guilty to both charges in March. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered, and on June 24 he was sentenced by state District Judge George Gallagher.

Jamison remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday. His attorney, Barbara Moore, did not return a message Thursday seeking comment.

Prosecutor Andrea Risinger said: “This defendant put himself in a position to have access to children. He preyed on these vulnerable young men, and thankfully they were brave enough to come forward and he was stopped before his conduct escalated.”

On his release from prison, the probationary sentence will begin. If he successfully completes it, a sexual assault conviction will not appear on his record. If he violates the probation, he will face up to 10 years in prison.

Developing Boys to Men had worked with Dallas-Fort Worth area boys ages 8 to 18, providing tutoring and college preparation, community service, career planning, decision-making and anger management.

The organization has had contracts with the Fort Worth and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school districts, and Clayton Yes!, which provides before- and after-school mentor services for the Fort Worth district.

Both school districts and Clayton Yes! cut ties with the organization after Jamison’s first arrest.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd