Denison man gets life in prison for sexually abusing girl

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DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- A man was sentenced to life in prison for continually sexually abusing a young girl that he knows.

John Burling was arrested while breaking into a shed outside a Denison home six months ago and police say he also was in possession of meth.

Prosecutors say while Burling was in jail, the girl told investigators that Burling had been sexually abusing her for the last year.

Burling pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child on Monday.

"I want to commend the victim, that brave girl, for having the courage to come forward," Prosecutor Brett Smith said. "It sets an example for any young child who is being abused to come forward and tell someone."

Burling will be eligible for parole in 2047 and he will be 65-years-old.