Local sex offender sentenced to life in prison without parole

GRIMES COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- The following press release comes from the Grimes County District Attorney's Office:

On April 12, 2018, a Grimes County jury found Shannon Ray Singleton, of Bedias, guilty of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Young Child and sentenced him to life.

Judge Albert McCaig, of the 506th District Court, presided over the trial where the four men and eight women of the jury listened to testimony from Grimes County Sheriff’s Investigator Kindale Pittman, experts in Forensic Interviewing, Doctors, and the victim’s mother.

The victim also testified.

She told the jury of abuse that started when she was 7 years-old and continued over a year and a half.

First Assistant District Attorney Jo Ann Linzer prosecuted the case to the jury and proved the defendant committed at least two acts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years of age in a period of more than 30 days.

In 2003, the defendant pleaded guilty to Indecency with a Child. That victim was 9 years old.

During the punishment phase of the trial, the jury heard from the prior victim and her mother about how this defendant and his crime continues to haunt them; how, even now, the prior victim still looks over her shoulder.

The charge of Continuous Sexual Assault of a young Child carries a range of punishment of not less than 25 years nor more than 99 years or life in Prison. Singleton is not eligible for parole.

In closing, Mrs. Linzer urged the jury not to give the defendant a number, but give him a word...life.

“I applaud the bravery and courage of the two victims. I also commend the efforts of the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office and of my staff for bringing justice to these young ladies.” Grimes County District Attorney Andria Bender.