Texas Child Advocate Pleads Guilty In Child Sexual Assaults

An Austin businessman who served as a volunteer children’s advocate has pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of six children and will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

Billy Dan Carroll, 54, is scheduled for formal sentencing next week after pleading guilty to the sexual assault charges in state district court.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, he is expected to receive life sentences on five charges of sexual assault of a child and an additional 40-year sentence on a sixth charge.

The agreement also includes a two-year sentence on a charge of improperly videotaping a 13-year-old girl.

Carroll won't be eligible for parole until he is 104.

He had served as a volunteer children's advocate since 2004 before officials at Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County suspended him after learning of the allegations.

He owned a court-reporting business in Austin and San Antonio.