Monday, March 11, 2013
Wylie man sentenced to life without parole in child sexual abuse case
This report contains graphic content.
MCKINNEY Shaun Murray, 35, of Wylie, received three life sentences without parole for repeated sexual contact with a child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Testimony showed that Murray, the child’s step-uncle and babysitter, would wake the 3-year-old up in her McKinney home and perform sexual acts on her. He taught her to perform sexual acts on him while her younger brother was still asleep and the victim’s mother and Murray’s brother were at work. The abuse continued for a year until the child was 4.
The victim’s mother became concerned when her daughter’s behavior continued to get worse, and a redness and pain in her vaginal area did not subside. When Murray called the child’s mother and told her that her daughter had urinated on herself in her room, the mother immediately knew she had to get her daughter help and try to find out what was happening.
The victim’s mother took the victim to the emergency room at Children’s Medical Center that night, but they did not discover any physical trauma, which is very common in cases of abused children. They referred the mother and victim to the REACH Clinic where an exam was performed. McKinney Police and CPS became involved the same day. The child out-cried in the forensic interview, describing several graphic and detailed incidents of the abuse.
The victim’s family then found out about the abuse and they also learned that Murray was a registered sex offender.
In this case, Murray was charged and the jury convicted him on one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 6.
After Murray was found guilty, former Plano Detective Mike Johnson testified during punishment that he investigated several cases in the mid 1990s where Murray was identified as having exposed and masturbated in front of several children and adults in his neighborhood and at his school.
The jury sentenced him Thursday to automatic life on the two aggravated sexual assaults of a child under six after finding the prior Plano indecency with a child cases were true, and also assessed life confinement on the continuous sexual assault of a young child. All sentences will run concurrently. Murray is not eligible for parole under the applicable law on all three of these counts.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Shannon Miller and Lisa King prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigators Greg Bowers and Kenny Newton. McKinney Detective Techia Davis investigated the case, which was presided over by Judge John Roach Jr.
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