Cody Allan Srader, 44, of Anna, was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
During a trial to the Court, evidence showed that Srader began sexually abusing the child, whom he knew, when she was 9 years old. He also threatened to harm her if she ever told anyone of the abuse. During the last incident, Srader gave the victim a drink that made her dizzy and then molested her. The victim's relatives became suspicious when they were unable to locate the victim and Srader lied about where she was. The victim escaped later that day and told a family member of the abuse.
The Anna police were called to investigate and they forwarded the case to the Collin County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Task Force for further investigation. The victim disclosed the details of the abuse during an interview by a trained forensic interviewer at the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County.
Judge Keith Dean returned a guilty verdict for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and Indecency with a Child by Contact on Wednesday. Dean then assessed punishment at 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole, after considering evidence of the offense and Srader's extensive criminal history. That history included assault, robbery, aggravated assault of a public servant, assault family violence, terroristic threat, evading arrest, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and reckless driving.
Assistant District Attorney Crystal Levonius prosecuted the case. She was aided by Assistant District Attorney Sarah Preston and legal intern Michelle Maese. District Attorney Investigators Stephanie Strickland and Greg Bowers also assisted. The case was investigated by former Collin County Sheriff Investigator Jim Blackburn and Collin County Sheriff Investigator Chris Meehan.