Man receives 5 life sentences for sexual assault of disabled girl

July 29, 2011 6:00:42 PM PDT
A Central Texas man has been sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the sexual assault of a young girl with developmental disabilities last year.

A state district court jury in Waco deliberated about 45 minutes Friday before returning the maximum penalty against 35-year-old Torie Eugene Ricks. A day earlier, jurors found Ricks of Speegleville guilty of five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the girl, who's now 8 years old, is considered physically and mentally disabled because of abuse she suffered when she was younger.

Testimony indicated Ricks has a felony conviction for robbery and misdemeanor convictions for criminal trespass, evading detention, possession of marijuana, failure to identify to a police officer and theft.