A Cooke County jury sentenced a man to 25 years in prison on Thursday, June 6, on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and possession with intent to promote child pornography.
The jury found Azle resident William Clint Cain, 47, guilty of the charges after a trial this week in 235th District Court under Judge Janelle Haverkamp. He was sentenced to two years on the porn charge and 25 years on the abuse charge; the sentences will run concurrently.
Cain will not be eligible for parole. “He will have to serve every day of the 25 years,” District Attorney John Warren said Friday.
Warren and First Assistant Eric Erlandson prosecuted the case, according to a press release from Warren’s office. Cain was represented by Derrell Comer and Ron Poole.
The charges stemmed from what Warren described as two years of abuse, from January 2015 to January 2017, which began when the female victim was 12 years old and also involved the man demanding nude photos.
Continuous sexual abuse of a child is a super aggravated first-degree felony charge, one of the state’s most serious felony crimes. It carried a penalty range of 25 years to life in prison with no parole.
The child porn charge carried a range of two to 20 years in prison.
“We are very pleased with the verdict,” Warren said in the release. “The victim in this case was very brave. She took the stand, faced the man … and told the truth. We at the District Attorney’s Office admire her courage, and are very proud of her.”
Attempts to reach the attorneys for the defendant Friday were not immediately successful.