Man Convicted Of Abusing 4-Year-Old Family Member Gets Life Without Parole

| by Jordan Smith

A Lacey Lakeview, Texas, man was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after being found guilty on several sexual abuse charges involving a 4-year-old family member.

Philip Mosley, 66, was given two life sentences for sexual abuse of a child, along with two 20-year sentences on two counts of indecency with a child through contact, and one 10-year sentence on a charge of indecency with a child through exposure, KCEN reported.

The sentences will run concurrently, and Mosley will have no prospect of parole.

The girl, now 6 years old, testified about the incident at trial. The incident occurred in 2013, when Mosley allegedly sexually assaulted the girl. The girl told her mother about the abuse the following day, according to KCEN. An emergency Sexual Assault Exam revealed that the child had fresh injures; additional acts of abuse by Mosley were uncovered by a police investigation.

Another family member reportedly came forward to testify in court. They stated that Mosley had exposed himself in front of them when they were a child.

Both the child victim and the family member were not identified in reports of the trial.

Hilay LaBorde, Assistant District Attorney, said in a statement:

The testimony in this case revealed Mr. Mosley to be a dangerous pedophile, and I was very pleased the jury imposed the maximum penalties for each count of sexual abuse in order to send a message to his victim and our community. Juries in our county simply will not tolerate perpetrators who offend against our most innocent and vulnerable members of our society: our children. We hope as this child moves forward, she will remember this jury did all they could to protect her forever from Mr. Mosley.

The trial lasted five days and the jury deliberated for seven hours on Friday before reaching a decision on all charges.

However, the jury only took 30 minutes before recommending that the judge impose two life sentences for the two counts of sexual abuse of a child under six.

Mosley was cleared of one of the indecency charges, as well as aggravated assault of a child younger than 6.

“He told me from the beginning he didn’t do it,” Stan Schwieger, Mosley’s attorney, said, according to the Waco Herald Tribune. “He testified at trial that he didn’t do it, and I went to see him yesterday and he said, ‘I didn’t do it.'”

Schwieger added that he plans to appeal Mosley's convictions.

Sources: Waco Herald Tribune, KCEN

Photo credit: KCEN