David Wayne Green, a former correctional officer from Palestine, was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for multiple sexual assaults of a child over a two-year period, according to information released Friday by Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe.
Wednesday’s hearing was for punishment.
Green, who is classified as legally blind but has limited sight, did not testify.
Green was employed at the Coffield Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a property officer prior to his arrest on Dec. 10, 2011, by Investigator Kevin Hanes with the Office of Investigator General, TDCJ.
Hanes said Green confided to an inmate at the Coffield Unit about the pregnancy and sought advice as to what to do. The inmate reported the conversation to Lt. John Marcum, who forwarded the information up his chain of command to Coffield Warden John Rupert, and the warden called law enforcement.
The investigator scheduled a sexual assault exam for the victim with Jessie Jones, a registered nurse certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Green’s attorney, Colin McFall, asked the court not to sentence his client to a long prison sentence, saying his client “developed an inappropriate relationship with the victim because of his physical condition and financial worries about losing his job at the prison.”
“He (Green) became dependent on the victim for emotional support and the relationship went too far,” McFall said in his final arguments.
In presenting the prosecution’s case, District Attorney Elizabeth Watkins countered that to call what Green did with the victim a relationship is abhorrent and ridiculous.
Lowe said, “This is as bad a case as I have seen involving a young girl who trusted the perpetrator. I am completely satisfied with Judge Evans’ ruling.”