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Denison Teens Hear Sentence For 28-Year-Old Man At Child Porn Trial

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SHERMAN, TX -- A Denison man convicted of possessing child pornography is headed to prison. During the trial, teenagers spoke out against the suspect who they say threatened them for sexy pictures via text message.

The judge allowed in those witnesses talking about "sexting," but the trial was actually for 6 pornographic pictures police say they found on the suspect's phone after his November arrest.

On 6 counts, the judge stacked five of the 10-year sentences, giving him a total of 50 years.

"This is the first trial...I've tried where every single jury member came back and watched the punishment phase and where every single victim in the case came back," says assistant district attorney Brett Smith.

"I think justice was served. He got what he deserved. He's terrified little girls and their parents," says the father of a teen witness.

A father saying he felt "intense anger and fear" when his daughter, showed him sexually charged texts last year with a picture of  a man's private area from someone she'd met at Forest Park.

"I wouldn't have cared if he'd have gotten 100 years, but I'm satisfied," says the grandmother of a teen witness.

The lone witness in punishment for Jacob Rowan, 28, inside 397th District Court on Wednesday afternoon -- his father -- says a trampoline accident fractured his son's skull, damaging his brain.

"He suffered a traumatic head injury at age 13," says Rowan's attorney Robert Richardson Jr.

Prosecutors showed dozens of pictures of young girls partly clothed or naked from Rowan's cell phone, most apparently downloaded from the web.

"It can also be very difficult for a child to confront the person that they accuse has hurt them or threatened them or taken pictures of them or touched them sexually," says Smith.

A total of 6 girls who were ages 12 to 15 at the time testified during the punishment hearing, many of them saying that they were texted by Rowan asking for naked pictures and that he threatened them if they didn't send them.

The girls each saying he made different threats.. that he said he would get to my sister in some way. He was going to kill me or slap me if he ever saw me. He told me he would slit my throat and watch me bleed, I was scared to walk home from school.

Another testified Rowan said he would put my number on dating sites, come to my school.. my face would look good on the back of a milk carton. He set up fake Facebook profiles, asking teachers and friends to have sex with me after school.

Another testified he would show my mother the pictures, tell her we had sex.  A 14-year-old says she slept with Rowan who she thought looked 18 and was named "Justin."

"The children were brave to get up there and testify," says the father of one witness.

"Any time the child needs support, strength, we're there for the child," says "Fawn" from the Bikers Against Child Abuse chapter in Sherman, which counseled a child over the past week.

"They have been a significant support for the victims and I don't think they could have done it without them," says the grandmother of one witness.

"I did the best I could, but the evidence was overwhelming. There is still hope on appeal but perhaps justice was done, who knows?" says Richardson.

The separate charge for online solicitation of a minor is expected to be dismissed. Rowan will be eligible for parole but the 2 lawyers told me different numbers on when that could be, with the lowest being about 12 years.