On September 29, 2017, in the 2nd Judicial District Court of Cherokee County, Texas, a jury of 12 members found Clifton Wayne Jones guilty of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child.
The victim, who shall remain nameless, confronted her accuser and testified about a series of sexual acts that Mr. Jones inflicted on her over a period of several months.
After being found guilty, the jury sentenced Mr. Jones to 25 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
After the trial ended, the victim made a statement, in open court, confronting the perpetrator and letting him know and the world know she was “bent but not broken” by his crimes.
Because of the particularly heinous nature of these crimes, Mr. Jones will not be eligible for parole for the entirety of his sentence.
The Honorable Judge R. Chris Day presided over the case. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Jonathan H. Richey and District Attorney Elmer C. Beckworth, while the defendant was represented by Allen Ross of Jacksonville.
“I applaud the courage of the victim in this case, said Beckworth. “There are so many who are victims of these crimes that say nothing, only to have the perpetrator harm others. This victim didn’t let that happen.”
The Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office would like to give special thanks to Detective Greg Compton of the Jacksonville Police Department, as well as the staff at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Cherokee and Anderson Counties.