Prosecutors: Sexual predator given life sentence

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - North Texas prosecutors say a man who's admitted to sexually abusing more than 30 boys and acts of bestiality involving animals has been sentenced to life in prison.

Todd William Mitchell was found guilty by a Tarrant County jury of violating court orders he was told to follow as part of a sex offender treatment program. Prosecutors say the jury deliberated for 15 minutes Wednesday before issuing the maximum penalty.

The 55-year-old Mitchell had six prior felony convictions for abusing children and had served at least 15 years in prison. Upon his most recent release in 2011, he was ordered to live at a facility in Fort Worth and undergo counseling. Authorities say he repeatedly violated the order, including by being a voyeur. The violations prompted the trial held this week.

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