A homeless man is sentenced to 20 years behind bars for the aggravated sexual assault of a 7 year old girl.

63 year old Vernon Ray Strong plead guilty, Monday, and was sentenced in a Beaumont courtroom.

Prosecutors say, the victim's mother had known Strong for several years and was helping him get back on his feet. She allowed him to stay in the families home over the holidays last year and that's when prosecutors say he molested the victim multiple times.

Strong must serve at least 10 years before being eligible for parole.