A 44-year-old Brashear man was sentenced by a Hopkins County jury Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, on a continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years of age.
Jury selection was conducted Monday in the continuous sexual abuse of a young child trial of John Robert Sievers, Jr. The trial proceeded in the 8th Judicial District Court.
A continuous sexual abuse of a child charge is a first-degree felony offense, punishable upon conviction with “imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life, or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 25 years,” according to Title 5, Chapter 21, Section 21.02 of Texas Penal Code.
The Hopkins County jury found Sievers guilty on the continuous sexual abuse of a young child, then Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, sentenced the Hopkins County man to life in prison, according to court reports.
Sievers was taken into custody elsewhere and transported to Hopkins County jail Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, on warrants for continuous sexual abuse of a young child as well as violation of probation on an abandoning or endangering a child-criminal negligence charge. He was held on the probation charge, with bond set at $75,000 on the felony sexual abuse charge, jail and arrest reports stated.
He was first arrested on Nov. 14, 2020, at a County Road 4131 residence on three warrants for abandoning or endangering a child-criminal negligence and one warrant for tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair warrant; he remained in the county jail until April 5, 2021, in lieu of the $85,000 in bonds set on the charges, according to jail and arrest reports.