Tyler man gets 32 years for child sex assault

Published on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 23:47 - Written by Staff Reports

A former Tyler pharmacist was sentenced to 32 years in prison Tuesday for the sexual assault of a child younger than 16.

 James Prosperie, 74, was sentenced to 16 years for sexual assault of a child and 16 years for indecency with a child involving sexual conduct.

The Smith County District Attorney’s Office said the sentences will be served consecutively.

Prosperie pleaded guilty to the charges in April in the case, which occurred in summer and involved a 14-year-old child, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Tyler Police.

Prosperie was arrested at his home in 2013 after a short standoff with authorities.