TX Appeals Court rules in favor of mentally-challenged Paris teen

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

TEXARKANA, TX -A Texas Appeals Court has overturned the conviction and one-hundred year prison sentence of a mentally retarded Paris teen for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy.

Online court records show the 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana ruled Friday in favor of the appeal and ordered a new trial for 19-year-old Aaron Hart.

Hart pleaded guilty back in February to sexually abusing a six-year-old boy in Paris, and was sentenced to a total of one hundred years in prison in Lamar County court.

Many in opposition of Hart's conviction and sentence were critical of the court's decision on Hart, who has an IQ of 47 and the mental capacity of a six-year-old.

Hart remains in jail. A new court date has not yet been set.


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  • by Learnthefacts Location: easttexas on May 6, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    This guy is at a facility for Mentally Hadicapped...and for you guys that believe everything you read, he has much higher than a 47 IQ and is well aware that sexually assaulting a 6 year old boy is wrong! I hope they let him live next door to you guys!
  • by Sympathetic Location: Ravenna on May 5, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    Anonymous @ 1:19pm... Look at the poor guy, do you honestly think he's "playing the dumb card"... This poor guy is mental retarded. How dare you say that he's going to be starting a trend.
  • by Anonymous 2 on May 4, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    Anonymous, this mentally handicapped teenager has been known to be mentally challenged for his entire life, he's not "playing dumb". He belongs in a facility for the mentally handicapped, not in prison. Based on your comment, you on the other hand, could probably "play the dumb card" quite well...in fact, you just did!
  • by Suni Location: Denison on May 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    OH MY GOD!! A MENTALLY CHALLENGED PERSON DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO MOLEST UNLESS SOMEONE TAUGHT HIM OR HE SEEN IT SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM SHOULD BE THE ONE GETTING 100 YEARS NOT HIM. SEND HIM TO A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY NOT TO PRISON. GET A LIFE PEOPLE- YOUR REMARKS ON HERE MADE ON A DAILY BASIS BY THE SAME PEOPLE GET OLD!!! GET A LIFE!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    Here is a thought....what if criminals start intentionally failing IQ tests in order to play the "dumb" card? It wouldn't be hard to do. Anyone can play stupid. And this case is going to make that more of an option.
  • by SB Location: Durant on May 4, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    WOW 100 years for sexually abusing a child?!! I didn't know punishments were that harsh. Why not give that kind of punishment to all the repeat sexual offenders out there!! I agree they shouldn't be as harsh on a true mentally ill person. Someone or several people had to have known of his mental stability so what was the 6 year old doing alone with this guy?
  • by Miss D Location: Texoma on May 4, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    When I first heard that this mentally "challenged" person was sentenced to 100 years in prison, I was appalled!! Sending a person with the mental capacity of a 6 year old to prison is cruel and unusual punishment if you ask me. What he did was wrong but prison is not a place for a person of this nature. We have all heard stories of what horrid things people do to child molesters in prison. A mental health facility seems much more suitable. And by the way kxii, didn't I hear somewhere that the word "retard" is considered politically incorrect now?
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on May 4, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    I just think it's good that he's getting another trial. I never said that he shouldn't be punished for what he did. However, you have to take his IQ into account as well when deciding on a punishment for him. Maybe an institution for the mentally ill where he will be monitored and away from the general public or something but not 100 years in jail.
  • by duhhhhhh Location: denison on May 4, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    What you aren't realizing "James" is that he has the mental capacity of a 6 year old. Which means he doesn't know what he was doing probably. I by no means think he should be just totally set free but prison isn't the place for this kid. A mental health facility is. Don't be so judge mental just because of the charge. There is a huge different between what a 19 year old can comprihend and what a 6 year old can.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    If you kill a dog, you get 2 years. If you committ vehicle-homicide, you get 30 days. (NFL Players sentences) I think the guy should be locked up. No matter what level of dumb you are on. It's getting to where you can just say "im crazy" and get away with anything in this country.
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