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Sherman Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting 9 Year-old

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From news release:

On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, Joseph Andrew Godwin, 29, from Sherman, TX was found guilty by a jury in the 15th District Court of five counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.   The charges arose from the report in June of 2006 of a 9 year old female relative of Godwin's that he had sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions at his home on Wolfe Drive outside of Sherman.   The charges were investigated by Officer David Sykes and Sgt. Ricky Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.  The girl was taken to the Grayson County Children's Advocacy Center to be interviewed by a professional forensic interviewer, and then for a physical examination by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Texoma Medical Center.

On the stand, the child described multiple occurrences of abuse by Godwin occurring over a one year period.  The jury also viewed a videotape of the child's statement given to the forensic interviewer at the Children's Advocacy Center.  The jury also heard evidence that, after the initial report, Sherriff's Office investigators searched the defendant's home and recovered items described by the child as having been used in the course of assault. 

The jury deliberated for almost the entire day on Wednesday, before returning its guilty verdict.    Godwin elected to be sentenced by 15th District Court Judge Jim Fallon.  Sentencing is expected in the next 4-6 weeks after the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation report by the local probation office.

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Brett Smith prosecuted the case, and Sherman Attorney Rick Dunn represented Godwin.   "These cases are always difficult," said Brett Smith, " because there are never eyewitnesses to the crime.   It so often comes down to a swearing match, and whether or not the jury believes the child.   This little girl was very brave.   We are thankful for the jury seeing the truth of what happened to her."

"There continue to be too many of these cases," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.  "It is helpful to have resources like the Child Advocacy Center, the TMC nurse examiner, the good investigators at the Sheriff's Office, and the help of additional prosecutors to move these cases forward to juries."  

Godwin faces punishment of 5-99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each charge.