From TSB Staff Reports
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced that 41-year-old Harold Clarrett of Melissa, Texas, has been sentenced by a Collin County jury to 15 years in prison. Deliberations lasted three days and concluded on Wednesday.
The case before retired Judge Richard Davis was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Claire Miranda and Crystal Levonius.
Clarrett pled guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child and opted to allow a jury to determine the sentence of 15 years for each count. However, Judge Davis ran all of the 15-year sentences concurrently.
The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine for each count. All of the charges were second-degree felonies with a punishment range of anywhere from two years to 20 years in prison.
Testimony at trial recounted that during the summer and fall of 2010, Clarrett engaged in sexual relations with a 14-year-old female relative.
Authorities said Clarrett confessed to police that his sexual relationship with the child continued for up to six months. Police said Clarrett tried to justify his conduct by stating to police that he was trying to satisfy the child’s sexual urges so she wouldn’t get pregnant.
Prosecutors said Clarrett had a history of neglectful supervision and physical abuse of children in his care.
Testimony at trial also showed that the girl, now 16, had been shuffled around from relative to relative throughout her life and had lived with Clarrett off and on from the age of 6.