A Lake Brownwood man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brown County Court at Law Sam Moss’ courtroom to the aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person and was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication.
Additionally, Jason Smith, 44, will be required to register for life as a sex offender and will serve 150 days in the Brown County Jail, it was announced in the courtroom. Smith will be allowed to serve the time on weekends.
Moss approved a plea bargain negotiated between prosecutor Elisha Bird and Smith’s attorney, David Stokes of Stephenville.
Smith was accused in a two-count indictment of assaulting a disabled woman two times in April 2018.
The woman’s mother read an emotional victim impact statement as Smith was sentenced.
According to a sheriff’s investigator’s report:
Deputy Marvin Simpson responded to a residence in April 2018 in reference to a mentally disabled woman making an outcry of sexual assault.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted two times. The woman said the man asked her she if consented before the first assault, and the woman answered yes because she feared the man, the investigator’s report states. The woman was taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene for a sexual assault examination and gave “consistent” statements to a forensic interviewer. The man made indirect statements via text messages, email and verbal statements to several witnesses apologizing for his action, the report states. One of the man’s relatives said the man admitted to having sex with the disabled woman on two occasions.