Two weeks before an 8-year-old was set to testify against the man who pleaded guilty to molesting her since she was a baby, her parents had to call for emergency help to stop her from carrying out a suicide plan, they testified.
Her allegations against Noel Young Anderson had sparked a McKinney police investigation in March 2018. She was the only one of the five victims investigators found who was able to take the stand. Most of the girls were too young to remember what Anderson said he did to them.
In court testimony this week, her parents recounted the trauma Anderson had inflicted on them and their daughter — trauma that they believe led her to contemplate suicide.
Jurors deliberated for nearly two full days before sentencing the 23-year-old Friday to 50 years in prison for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.
He had faced 25 years to life after he pleaded guilty to the charge in a Collin County court.
Most of the victims don’t remember being molested, for which their parents are grateful. But the abuse has damaged many of their family members’ relationships and trust.
Some have left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on North Lake Forest Drive, where Anderson taught 7- and 8-year olds.
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SOURCE: Dallas Morning News, Sara Coello