70-year-old sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing child

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 11:44:37-04

A 70-year-old Texas man was sentenced to life in prison by a Brazos County jury this week.

Roy Fry was convicted by the same jury on Friday, July 20 for the continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.

The jury took 25 minutes to reach a verdict on Fry's sentence.

On April 29, 2016, Fry was arrested after a 13-year-old girl reported he had been sexually abusing her since she was 6, the Brazos County District Attorney's Office said. The victim said she reported the abuse because her sister told her Fry had begun to groom her in the same way.

The victim also told investigators Fry would give her money in exchange for sex acts.

While investigating, deputies found several items in Fry's home including notes he wrote to another woman detailing different sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how much he was willing to pay for said acts.

Fry admitted during an interview to writing the notes and to engaging in sex acts with the victim, but he said it was the victim's idea, the district attorney's office said.

"Any time a child is abused, our community suffers," Assistant District Attorneys Kara Comte and R. Clay Kimbrough said. "The bravery and courage shown by the victim in this case in coming forward to end her abuse is why justice was served. A life sentence in prison was the only appropriate sentence in this case and the jury agreed."

Continuous sexual abuse of a child has a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Fry was not given the possibility of parole.

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