Timothy James Anglin, 45, was convicted of sexually abusing the step-daughter of his best friend in 1994, when she was 6 years old. During Angling’s sentencing last week, the victim’s two brothers testified that they also had been sexually abused by the man.
Assistant Fort Bend County District Attorney Suzy Morton, who prosecuted the case along with Assistant DA Mark LaForge, said evidence revealed during the trial showed Anglin repeatedly sexually abused the girl when he lived with the family in the 1990s.
Now 21, the victim testified that some of the assaults occurred at a house where Anglin had been hired to clean a swimming pool, others took place when Anglin took her for rides on his motorcycle, and also during camping trips her family took with him.
The victim told friends about the abuse when she was a teenager, and finally told her mother about the abuse after one of her brothers came forward and told her father that he’d been victimized by Anglin, according to information from the DA’s office.
“Keeping Timothy Anglin away from the public for the rest of his life would never have been possible without the remarkable courage of the three children in this case
,” said LaForge. “Timothy James Anglin deserves every day of the three life sentences he got. Anyone familiar with the facts of these cases feels strongly about them.”
Morton said she wanted to commend Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Det. Mark Williams, who was able to put a case together that began when he was only 12 years old.
Fort Bend County 240th District Judge Thomas Culver III presided in the trial. Morton said Anglin had been previously convicted on felony charges of burglary of a habitation, burglary of a vehicle and injury to a child, and thus wasn’t eligible for probation.
There is no statute of limitations in Texas for sex crimes committed against children.
“Most of the time, child victims do not tell right away, especially when they have been sexually abused by someone they now,” Morton said. “We want children to know that no matter how long it takes for them to tell, what happened to them still matters, and we will prosecute the perpetrator if we can.”