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ETX man receives 2 life sentences for sexually assaulting children

ETX man receives 2 life sentences for sexually assaulting children
Wood County Sheriff's Office
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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:03pm

A Wood County jury has sentenced an East Texas man to two life sentences in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Wednesday, William Jason "Pooh" Pugh, was sentenced to spend the remainder of his life behind bars before District Judge G. Timothy Boswell.

Jury selection began on April 7, 2014. The victim told the jury horrific details about "Uncle Bill" sexually assaulting her. AS the trial unfolded, two other victims described sexual acts committed against them by Pugh. One child detailed four years of abuse, while the other described four different assaults. The  The jury returned the guilty verdicts in less than an hour.

Punishment testimony from a Wood Co. Corrections Officer indicated during Pugh's incarceration, he had pornography smuggled into the jail. Additional testimony from Dr. Gary Mears indicated Pugh's victims will forever suffer effects stemming from his abuse. Dr. Mears also said pedophilia is a lifelong condition and the sole means of preventing its recurrence is to remove the pedophile from the population.

The jury came to an agreement on sentencing in a mere 25 minutes.

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