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Child sex offender gets 47 years without parole

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Joseph Scarborough, 48, of Princeton, was sentenced to 47 years in prison without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. "Today a jury made sure a child predator will spend the rest of his life in prison. This was only possible because of the child's courage and resilience, as well as the family member who reported the assaults," added Willis.

Scarborough knew and had ongoing access to the child. He sexually abused the victim for approximately one year, beginning when the child was 8 years of age. Scarborough would sexually abuse the child when his mother was out of the home. Scarborough confessed his past abuse of the child to a family member, who then reported it to authorities.

Collin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Danny Stasik investigated the case. McKenzie McIntosh with the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County forensically interviewed the child who disclosed a detailed account of the abuse.

The jury returned a guilty verdict and assessed punishment at 47 years in prison. By law, a sentence for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is without eligibility for parole. Judge James Fry presided over the case. 

After punishment concluded, the victim, the victim's mother, and the family member to whom Scarborough confessed all gave victim impact statements. The family member said, "When I meet my maker, I don't want him to ask me why I didn't protect those children … My job here is done."

Assistant District Attorneys Marisa Dunagan and Geeta Singletary prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigators Kim Eanes and Greg Bowers and Victim Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs.