A 30-year-old Brownwood man was sentenced in 35th District Court to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child.
Visiting Judge James Morgan, who called Dobbins as “sexual predator,” sentenced Dobbins after hearing evidence in a punishment hearing Wednesday, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office.
Murray and Assistant District Attorney Elisha Bird presented evidence that Dobbins sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Brown County on several occasions over a period of several months.
Murray and Bird also presented evidence that Dobbins sexually assaulted two girls, ages 14 and 15, in Coleman County. The younger girl was related to Dobbins and gave emotional testimony. The older girl testified she did not know Dobbins before her encounter with him and said Dobbins gave her beer and cigarettes in exchange.
Dobbins testified that although he pleaded guilty, he did not actually have sex with the Brown County girl or with the 14-year-old Coleman girl. However, Dobbins had previously made several admissions of sexual contact with the Brown County girl to Texas Ranger Jason Shea.
Bird asked Morgan to sentence the defendant to the maximum sentence allowed — 20 years in prison. Bird reminded Morgan of the impact Dobbins’ actions had on the three girls and their families. Bird also argued that Dobbins’ awareness of the girls’ ages, his relationship to a victim and his lack of any relationship to a victim supported the highest sentence allowed.
Bird also argued that although Dobbins had no previous felony convictions, he had committed multiple offenses as part of the current case including possessing child pornography.
Because of the victims’ ages, Dobbins could be convicted of sexual assault even if he did not physically force the girls to engage in the activities, Murray said. Dobbins was 27 to 28 years old when the offenses occurred.