DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR
BURNET — A 32-year-old Cottonwood Shores man will spend the next 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child and related charges in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom Oct. 28.
“He’s a predator who needs to go to prison for a long, long time,” said Burnet County District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee. “This guy was a significant problem. He was young; he had significant computer skills. There’s really no telling how many children he would have hurt had he not been stopped.”
The judge sentenced Deavon DeLancey to 55 years in prison for each of the super aggravated sexual assault charges; 20 years for each of the three counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute; and 10 years for each of the two counts of possession of child pornography.
The victim was 4 years old at the time of the attacks.
DeLancey will serve all the sentences concurrently, meaning he will be 87 years old when he is eligible for release. There is no parole for people who are convicted of super aggravated sexual assault, McAfee said. He added that state law allows the charge of super aggravated sexual assault if the victim is 6 years old or younger.
“He will serve day for day,” the district attorney said. “And at 32 (years old), that’s going to be very hard to do.”
A Burnet County Grand Jury indicted DeLancey on 20 charges, including one additional super aggravated sexual assault of a child charge and 11 other possession of child pornography charges.
On June 5, 2014, Texas Ranger Gary Phillips arrested DeLancey after an investigation started by then-Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt. The chief turned the investigation over to the Texas Rangers after it was determined the suspect had used computer devices. Eventually, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which has a cyber crime squad, assisted in the investigation.
“They executed a search warrant in June 2014 and seized a number of computer storage devices, computers and cellphones,” McAfee said. “He used the cellphone to record himself (sexually assaulting the child) as well as downloading other child pornography.”
Authorities charged DeLancey with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child and videoing himself doing it.
While it’s the first known egregious assault, authorities believe if he hadn’t been caught, DeLancey would have continued attacking more children.
“He showed all the signs of a progressive child predator,” McAfee said. “He started with downloading child pornography and then progressed from there.
“He even admitted during interrogation that he was progressing, which makes it so important that we got him off the street and he’s headed to prison,” the district attorney added.
At the time of his arrest, DeLancey worked for the Marble Falls Independent School District technology department. When authorities notified the district of DeLancey’s arrest, school officials dismissed him.
The victim had no connection to the school district, McAfee confirmed. But the district attorney said DeLancey posed a threat if he went uncaptured and continued to progress as a child predator.
“With him working at the schools and around children, it was a great concern,” McAfee said. “I’m so thankful for the law enforcement agencies, the Texas Rangers and the Texas Attorney General’s Office who are so willing to come out and help counties in these types of cases. And, of course, the Cottonwood Shores Police Department, which started the investigation.
“It was a great effort and teamwork all around to get this predator off the streets,” the district attorney added.