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Child’s family speaks after Grayson County man sentenced for child sex crimes

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 12:03 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2020 at 12:24 PM CDT
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COLLINSVILLE, Texas (KXII) - A Collinsville man is sentenced to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl. The girl’s parents came forward after the Children’s Advocacy Center visited her school.

“We didn’t want it to be true, but it is, and it happens every day and sadly, it goes undetected,” said the victim’s father.

According to the children’s advocacy center, 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before they turn 18.

Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said sadly, most cases are by someone they know and trust.

“Most children are victimized by someone they know, by a relative, a neighbor, someone that can use that relationship- that trust to get themselves alone with a child and take advantage of a child,” Smith said.

Court documents show Ronald Billey, 62, of Collinsville, admitted to frequently taking advantage of a 9-year-old girl, last summer.

” (The) Suspect was a male relative of the young girl, they interviewed that male relative, and he confessed on sexually abusing that child on multiple occasions,” said Smith.

”We all think that if it happened, it would be the guy who cut in the screen door and came in in the middle of the night, and it’s usually not. People like this know these children, they groom these children, they don’t just groom the children ... I mean he groomed us. He groomed every one in this community,” said the victim’s father.

The child’s father says Billey retired from the City of Irving in 2017 and moved to Collinsville.

Billey pleaded guilty and got 60 years in prison, and will not be eligible for parole until he’s 92 years old.

”It took our office 6 months to get a conviction and get this offender put away, basically what amounts to a death sentence,” said Smith.

”They have all done a great job, but the real hero here is the little 9-year-old girl, who had the courage to say something,” the victim’s father said.

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