Man, 39, sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for sexually abusing two female relatives under the age of 10
- Robert Benjamin Franks, 39, ?was found guilty of sexually abusing two female relatives, ages nine and 10, on Monday?
- A jury sentenced the San Marcos, Texas man to two life sentences plus 1,011 years in prison and a $93,000 fine
- A nine-year-old relative told her dad in June 2016 that Franks had done 'disgusting things' to her
- The 10-year-old at first denied Franks had done anything wrong, but later confessed to a nurse that he had assaulted her every week for the past five years
- Both girls testified during the trial, as well as another woman who says Franks abused her multiple times, starting at the age of 10
- It took the jury an hour to deliberate on Monday before coming to their decision?
A 39-year-old Texas man will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing two of his child relatives.?
On Monday, a jury found Robert Benjamin Franks guilty on all 17 counts against him - including?continuous sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.
The San Marcos resident was sentenced to two life sentences, plus an additional 1,011 years in prison and $93,000 in fines.???
Robert Benjamin Franks, 39 (pictured), was found guilty of sexually abusing two female relatives, ages nine and 10, on Monday
The investigation into Franks started in June 2016, when the youngest victim, who was nine at the time, told her father that Franks had done 'disgusting things' to her.?
She claimed that Franks would punish her by spanking her and then forcing her to perform sex acts.?
The other victim, a 10-year-old girl, at first denied that Franks had touched her. But during a later exam with a ?sexual assault nursing examiner, claimed that Franks had sexually assaulted her every week for the past five years.?
Both girls testified during the week-long trial last week, as well as an adult woman who claimed Franks sexually abused her when she was 10 and he was 14, and again when she was 16 and 20.?
Despite having no physical evidence to prove the crimes, the jury found Franks guilty based on the victims' testimonies. It took them just an hour to deliberate.?
'Words cannot really express the depth of the betrayal and outrage warranted by conduct like this, committed by a man who should have been caring for and protecting these children,' Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau said. 'The jury's sentence speaks more eloquently than I can to make clear how our community feels about crimes like these.'
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