Cross-dressing man gets life for sex with boy

September 3, 2008 1:38:43 PM PDT
A judge has ordered life in prison for a Tyler man prosecutors say dressed as a woman and lured a boy into having sex with him. Dominique "Dom" Debose, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced Tuesday.

Debose received the maximum penalty over the May incident involving a 13-year-old boy.

The defense, which sought a form of probation, plans to appeal the penalty. Debose attorney Don Davidson said his client believed the boy was older than 13 and the sex was consensual.

Prosecutor Joe Murphy said Debose met the teen via an Internet chat room.

Murphy described Debose as a man preying on boys and tricking them into thinking he was a woman.

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