Ex-attorney in Texas gets life for child sex abuse

June 7, 2012 8:00:28 AM PDT
A former attorney in North Texas who fled to Honduras after pleading guilty to child sex abuse has been sentenced to life in prison.

A judge in Waxahachie sentenced 64-year-old James Gordon Leonard to the maximum penalty.

Prosecutors in Ellis County say Leonard in April 2006 pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure.

He was granted community supervision, but authorities say Leonard did not abide by the required terms as a registered sex offender. He fled in May 2007, was located in Honduras last October and returned to Texas.

A judge Wednesday resentenced Leonard after hearing testimony on behalf of several victims. Leonard must serve at least 45 years before being eligible for parole.