Child abuser gets 4,060-year prison sentence

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A man was sentenced to more than 4,000 years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting three teenage girls over two years. Jurors sentenced James Kevin Pope to 40 life prison terms - one for each sex assault conviction - and 20 years for each of the three convictions on sexual performance of a child. At the request of prosecutors, state District Judge Graham Quisenberry ordered Mr. Pope to serve the sentences consecutively, adding up to 4,060 years. He will be eligible for parole in the year 3209, according to the Parker County district attorney's office.

Mr. Pope, 43, of Springtown, abused the girls for nearly two years, and it came to authorities' attention this year after he made several inappropriate comments to a friend who notified Child Protective Service. The teens testified about the abuse, and sexually explicit photographs were shown as evidence.

source: 'Child abuser gets 4,060-year prison sentence'; www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-longsentence_03tex.ART.State.Edition1.4d8eefc.html; The Dalles Morning News (Associated Press); 3 July 2008