Beaumont man to serve 50 years in prison for child sex crimes

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According to police, the victim was 11 years old when she spoke about the offence.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A Beaumont man will spend the next 50 years of his life in prison after being convicted of two counts of indecency with a child.

(Editor’s note: The video above is from a July 19, 2022 newscast.)

Testimony began Tuesday in the 252nd District Court for Percy Andrepont, 68, of Beaumont. He was indicted on two counts of indecency with a child in September 2020.

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According to police, the victim was 11 years old when she spoke about the offence.

The victim broke down in tears while describing the alleged attack, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The child was interviewed at The Garth House, a children’s rights center in Beaumont.

The victim was later seen by a sexual assault examiner, who provided evidence to police that led to the charges, according to the affidavit.

Andrepont was sentenced Friday by Judge Raquel West to 50 years for the two counts of indecency with a child. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will only serve a total of 50 years behind bars.

“To be honest with you Mr. Andrepont. The longer you stood up and testified, the worse I felt about the whole thing,” Judge Raquel West told Andrepont just before handing down the sentence.

Defense and prosecution attorneys rested on Friday, July 22, 2022.

In his closing arguments, defense attorney William Wilkerson reminded the jury that the onus is on the state to prove Andepont guilty and that the defendant does not need to prove his innocence.

Wilkerson said the young girl who caused the outcry told Garth House that she told them 100 per cent everything that happened but then added other details to her story.

“Follow the stories. Follow when it started, how it supposedly happened, how the stories grow and change over time…” he told the jury.

In her closing arguments, prosecutor Tatiana Zelezniak began by reminding the jury that they could use common sense. She told them to find a guilty verdict which they needed to conclude that he had sexual contact with the child, that she was under 17 at the time and that he had done so with intend to wake up.

Zelezniak told the jury that the prosecution says the incident happened “on or about” a specific date. She told them that disagreements over exactly when it happened don’t need to be resolved.

The trial is being held in the 252nd District Court before Judge West.

In addition to the sentence, Andrepont will have to register as a sex offender.

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