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Jury sentences child abuser to 40 years without parole

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Christopher Gonzalez, 41, of Frisco, was sentenced by a jury to 40 years in prison for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. "We are so proud of this child for reporting years of abuse to a trusted school counselor and for bravely testifying against the abuser in court," said Willis after sentencing.

Gonzalez had ongoing access to the child through a relationship with the child's family. Gonzalez sexually abused the victim over the course of two years, beginning when the victim was 9 years old. When the victim was 11, she disclosed the abuse to her school counselor, who then reported the abuse to the Collin County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators Jason Evans, Olivia Penson, and Chris Fontana with the Collin County Sheriff's Office investigated the case. The child was forensically interviewed at the Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, where the child disclosed details about the ongoing abuse.

Judge Rayburn Nall presided over the jury trial. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child on the first day of trial. The jury then assessed punishment at 40 years in prison. By law, a sentence for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is without eligibility for parole.

Assistant District Attorneys Ashleigh Woodall and Steven Chapa prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Gregory Bowers, Victim Assistance Coordinator Casey Hendrix, and Legal Secretary Shaunette Bronson