23, of Wylie, received a sentence of 25 years in prison without the possibility
of parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg
Jennings was 20
years old, claiming to be 15, when he met the 12-year-old victim. He began a dating relationship with her that became
sexual after the victim turned 13. When
the victim turned 14 and began attending Wylie High School, Jennings would
sometimes eat lunch with her and walk her to class. Jennings
would pass himself off as a 16-year-old student, occasionally walking through
the halls of Wylie High School with a backpack. He would sometimes ride the
school bus and hang out with high school students.
School received a tip that Jennings was having an inappropriate relationship
with the victim and an investigation commenced. The victim was taken to the
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and was interviewed by trained
forensic interviewer Eli Molina. The victim disclosed that Jennings had been
sexually abusing her and that she did not know his age. Wylie Police Detective
Helen Taylor, assigned to the Collin County Rural Child Abuse Task Force, led
The jury returned
a guilty verdict for continuous sexual abuse of a child, and Judge Keith Dean
sentenced Jennings to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Additionally, Jennings was sentenced to two years in prison for indecency with
a child to run concurrently.
District Attorneys Shannon Miller and Geeta Singletary prosecuted the case,
assisted by District Attorney Investigator Greg Bowers.