A Texas City man Wednesday was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in 2016.

Lawrence Henry Lewis, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

The charge was enhanced because of a prior conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.

Lewis pleaded guilty in January 2010 to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement for tossing concrete chunks at patrons of a Galveston gay bar that left one man with 12 staples in the back of the head and another with a fractured jaw.

Witnesses testified the assailants yelled, ”Let’s get some f-----s,” but Lewis denied he and his brother said a word to the patrons.

Lewis was sentenced to five years in prison because of that incident, court records show.

Lewis must serve half of his 30-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child before he is eligible for parole, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said.

Lewis will be required to register as a sex offender for life after his release from prison, Smith said.

A co-defendant in the sexual assault case is still active in the courts, with a tentative trial date set for April 2, court records show.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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Lou Brown

So, he is already a felon with a record...............sexually assaults a child and gets out in 15 years?? Unacceptable!! He should have to do the entire 30 years, if not more. He stole that young woman's childhood.

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