Sex Offender Convicted in Grayson County

The following is a news release from the Grayson County Attorney:

On Wednesday, October 11, 2006, a Grayson County jury convicted William Jay Clark, 34, of Sherman, of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in the 15th District Court.

Sentencing on the case was set for November 17, 2006, to allow a pre-sentence investigation to be completed by the Grayson County probation office. Judge Jim Fallon, who presided over the trial, will sentence Clark.

In September of 2005, Grayson County CPS workers received a report from child protection officials in Oklahoma that a 14-year-old female relative of Clark’s had made an outcry to a CPS worker that the girl had been sexually assaulted by Clark on multiple occasions when she was 11 and 12 years old at his home at 1706 E. Hilton in Sherman. Because the abuse had occurred in Sherman, Oklahoma authorities notified Grayson County CPS and Sherman Police Detective Shirley Musani began a criminal investigation. The girl was interviewed by Oklahoma child protection workers and was taken to Texoma Medical Center where she underwent a physical examination.

At trial, Carolyn Ridling, a registered nurse trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) testified that, even 2 years after the abuse, the girl had injuries consistent with being sexually assaulted. The girl, now 15, also testified at trial and recounted the abuse from a three year time period.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith. After the jury’s verdict, Smith introduced evidence that Clark had previously been convicted of sexually abusing children in Oklahoma. Smith called law enforcement witnesses and introduced records showing that, in 1996, Clark had been convicted on two charges of Rape in Marshal County Oklahoma, and another charge of Rape in Bryan County, Oklahoma. Clark was sentenced to 6 years and three years on the Marshal County cases and 5 years on the Bryan County case. Smith also called to the stand another young female relative of Clark’s to identify pornographic photographs that she testified Clark had taken of her when she was 11 years old. Charges of Sexual Performance of a Child for those photographs are still pending in Grayson County, along with a charge against Clark for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

“Because of his prior convictions, Clark is subject to a mandatory sentence of life in prison,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “He is a repeat child molester - the kind that automatic life sentences were made for. Brett Smith did a great job, and our special prosecutor program has been able to take some of these worst cases and get some long sentences.” Clark was represented by Sherman attorneys Bob Jarvis and Talmadge Nix.