Beaumont man gets 50 years for sexually assaulting a child

A 40-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

According to information from Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, Stevie Blaschke Hanke, 40, of Beaumont, was sentenced Wednesday before Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist.

The jury returned a verdict after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.

According to court testimony, the nine-year-old had been left in the care of Stevie Hanke while the mother was shopping.  When the child's mother returned, she walked in as the defendant was sexually assaulting her child.  Hanke later confessed to a friend, and then later to CPS Special Investigator, Coy Collins.  

In testimony, one witness stated that Hanke "took away that little girl's childhood," and the victim will forever remember what he did to her.  

Following the sentencing, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Eric Houghton said "We are very pleased with the jury's swift verdict and Judge Gist's sentence of 50 years.  Justice was served for this brave little girl and her mother today. This individual will never hurt another child again."  

The defendant must serve at least 25 years of his sentence before being considered for parole based upon current parole law.  Should parole ever be granted, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.


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