CONROE, Texas - A 46-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for raping the teenage daughter of his girlfriend, according to authorities.
Jeffrey Michael McDonough was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14. He began his trial Aug. 14, was found guilty Aug. 17 and sentenced Aug. 18.
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The victim, who met McDonough when she was 12, took the stand during the trial.
McDonough met the girl while dating her mother in the summer of 2014, according to officials.
In Feb 2015, they moved in together.
During this time, the victim's teacher and mother testified that they noticed major changes in her behavior and personality.
A forensic investigator testified that the girl's case was the most severe case of self-mutilation they had ever seen. The girl was cutting herself to deal with the pain, according to authorities. More than 100 self-imposed cuts were found on her arms and legs.
In the summer of 2015, the girl broke her silence when she told a family friend that McDonough had raped her.
The sexual assaults lasted about four months, investigators said.
McDonough would assault the girl when her mother was at work and he and the victim were at home together.
“I am so proud of that little girl for taking the stand, facing the man who violated her in the worst way an adult can violate a child and telling her truth to the jury. She’s braver than most adults I know. She’s an inspiration to me,” prosecutor George Napier said.
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