A Beaumont man has been sentenced to ten years for breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her in front of her daughter.
Robert Johnson,Jr., 29, was convicted by a Jefferson County jury this week and later sentenced to ten years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice according to a release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.
Johnson was formally sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr. in the Jefferson County Criminal District Court the release said.
On April 22, 2015 at about 7:30 a.m. Beaumont Police received a report of a home invasion on Alabama Street according to the release.
The female victim told officers that Johnson, who was an acquaintance, showed up at her home unannounced and uninvited earlier that morning.
She told officers that Johnson forced himself into her home and made unwanted sexual advances toward her and repeatedly grabbed her and attempted to take off her clothes according to the release.
Johnson exposed himself to her during the struggle which was witnessed by her 8 year-old daughter and DNA was recovered from her clothing according to the release.
"The victim and her daughter showed an incredible amount of courage by coming to court to face their attacker. Without their testimony and the hard work of the Beaumont Police Department, we would not have been able to get justice in this case," said Assistant District Attorney Tom Kelley who prosecuted the case.
Burglary of a habitation is a first degree felony when a person enters a home without consent and commits or attempts to commit a sexual assault the release said.
Johnson, who must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, must serve at least half his sentence before he is eligible for parole according to the release.