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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mentally Retarded Teen To Spend 100 Years In Prison

PARIS, Texas - A teenager who has profound mental disabilities was sentenced to
100 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a sex abuse case
involving his 6-year-old neighbor.

Aaron Hart, 18, of Paris, was arrested and charged after a neighbor found him
fondling her stepson in September. The teen pleaded guilty to five counts,
including aggravated sexual assault and indecency by contact, and a jury decided
his punishment.

Lamar County Judge Eric Clifford decided to stack the sentences against Hart
after jurors settled on two five-year terms and three 30-year terms, The Dallas
Morning News reported Wednesday. The judge said neither he nor jurors liked the
idea of prison for Hart but they felt there was no other option.

"In the state of Texas, there isn't a whole lot you can do with somebody like
him," Clifford said.

Diagnosed as mentally disabled
Hart has an IQ of 47 and was diagnosed as mentally disabled as a child. He never
learned to read or write and speaks unsteadily.

1 comment:

  1. When did they stop placing Mentally Retarded People In Hospitals? This Young Man Doesn't Belong In Prison. I have taken care of Mentally retarded kids and it is natural for them to do things like this, They need supervision at all times and placement in a hopital if they can not be taken care of at home.