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Daniel Christopher Rodriguez, 31, of Wylie, was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole for multiple sexual assaults of the same child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

“Children are the most vulnerable victims in our society. We have a duty not only to protect them but also to punish their predators,” Willis said.

Rodriguez abused his victim from the time she was 10 to 15 years old. The abuse escalated over time and the victim became suicidal. Rodriguez frequently threatened the victim that if she ever told anyone about the abuse, he would hurt her and her family.

When the victim was 15, the victim’s grandmother took her to her pediatrician for depression. The victim told her pediatrician that she had been sexually abused. The grandmother later found the victim’s suicide note referencing Rodriguez' sexual abuse.

Wylie Police Detective Helen Taylor investigated. A trained forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County interviewed the victim.  

Rodriguez pled guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, 20 years in prison for three counts of Sexual Assault of a Child, and 20 years in prison for three counts of Indecency with a Child.    

Assistant District Attorney Geeta Singletary prosecuted the case.  She was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Stephanie Strickland.