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Wylie Man gets 32 years for sexual abuse of young child

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Harlan Wayne Routon, 68, of Wylie, Texas, was sentenced to 32 years confinement without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

From 2008 until 2011, Routon molested a child at his Wylie home when the child would stay overnight. Routon committed the sexual acts against the child when he assumed the child was asleep. The child would often wake up to the molestation or to noises made by Routon when he entered the room, but the child would pretend to be asleep. The child out-cried to the abuse in July 2013 and an investigation by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Task Force ensued.

The jury returned a guilty verdict Friday for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child. On Monday, the jury sentenced Routon to 32 years confinement without the possibility of parole.

Assistant District Attorneys Sarah Preston and Shannon Miller prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Stephanie Strickland. The case was investigated by former Collin County Sheriff Investigator Jim Blackburn. Judge Richard Davis presided over the case.