On Tuesday, John Anthony Adams, 51, of Gilmer, was tried on two counts of indecency with a child.
The same jury that found him guilty meted out the sentence, which was the maximum for each count. Sentences will be served concurrently.
“The defendant will not become eligible for parole until he serves at least 10 years in prison, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, who tried the case.
The defendant acted as his own defense attorney.
Byrd gave these details of the case:
The defendant was babysitting for the 5-year-old girl and her younger brother, who were related to him.
“At nap time, he reached under her pants and shirt and touched her private parts several times,” Byrd said.
After the children’s mother got off work, she picked the children up.
“Before leaving the driveway, the child ‘outcried’ that Uncle John had touched her peepee,” Byrd said.
The mother reported the crime, and an investigation began.
“Some 10 days later, the child described her abuse in detail to a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center (of Northeast Texas),” Byrd said.
Byrd said the suspect was given a chance to provide a statement to Upshur County Sheriff’s Investigator Chris Clark, but declined to do so.
Byrd said Adams is wanted out of Kentucky for bigamy and felony failure to appear charges. Those charges are still open.
“I am very proud and thankful for the sentence returned by this jury,” Byrd said. “Our citizens in Upshur County continue to deliver strong punishment from the jury box, and once again protected another child.”