Robert Karl Nunley, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact on April 16, after a jury was empanelled but before the trial began.
He waived the jury trial as to both guilt and punishment. In addition, Nunley waived his right to appeal.
In addition to life in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault, Nunley received 20 years on the Indecency charge.
Wood County District Attorney Jim Wheeler said that both of Nunley’s victims had been interviewed at the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center in Winnsboro.
“The work of the Advocacy Center was essential to a successful prosecution in this case,” Wheeler said. “Specifically, the forensic work done by Program Director Kathy Smedley, as well as her testimony, proved invaluable.”
He said that law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation included the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, the South Padre Island Police Department, the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, and the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office.
He also praised the time and preparation put into the case by his staff members, Investigator Jerry Hirsch, Victim Assistance Coordinator Robin Sherwood and Crime Victim Liason/Family Services Coordinator Jalayne Robinson.
The prosecution was led by Wheeler, with the help of Assistant District Attorneys Angela Converse, Angela Hammonds and Joey Fenlaw.