A sexual abuser from San Marcos, Texas has been sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison — and that doesn't include the two additional life terms he's been given. Robert Benjamin Franks, 39, was convicted on Monday of molesting two young girls, including his own 9-year-old stepdaughter, on a continuous basis.
A press release from the Hays County District Attorney’s Office shows that Franks was given one life sentence for each child he sexually abused. Then, he got 99 years for each of the nine counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Furthermore, he was slammed with an additional 20 years for each of six counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. To top that off, Franks was ordered to pay $120,000 in fines for his crimes.
Franks’ stepdaughter testified in court that Franks did “disgusting things” to her in 2016 when she lived at his home. According to the press release, she revealed during the trial that he forced her and her 10-year-old stepsister to perform oral sex on him. He also violated her sexually.
According to My San Antonio, the 10-year-old said she was abused by Franks for years.
"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 in the press release. "The jury's sentence speaks more eloquently than I can to make clear how our community feels about crimes like these."
[Photo: Hays County Sheriff's Office]