WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS: An 80-year-old Wichita Falls man who repeatedly molested a six-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 days in jail as part of the terms of his probation, according to reports.
After admitting to twice undressing the youngster and touching her in 2013, William Wiltse will be spending 20 days in jail. He admitted to two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact as well as two counts of indecency with a child by exposure, according to reports.
The victim, whose relationship with Wiltse was not shared, told the court that Wiltse used to get her out of bed, take her to the bathroom and make her take her clothes off before touching her inappropriately. According to court records, both incidents happened at Wiltse’s house around March 2013.
Wiltse was ordered to pay a total of $3,965 in fines and court costs, banned from owning a gun or ammunition, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service. According to court documents, he has also been banned from contact with any children under 18 without prior approval
He has also been given the chance to avoid having the crime on his criminal record if he successfully completes a 10-year probation program. If Wiltse is to successfully serve his term of deferred-adjudication probation, he can avoid a conviction on his record. Indecency with a child by sexual contact is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Indecency with a child by exposure is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The light sentence given to Wiltse might seem like injustice at first, but Wichita County District Attorney John Gillespie explained that it was the decision of the victims’ parents who told investigators they wanted Wiltse to be added to the sex offenders’ register. They also wanted to spare their daughter the trauma of testifying in court.
According to the Times Record News, Gillespie told the court on Friday, February 26, that the victim’s parents were satisfied with the terms of Wiltse’s sentence. Their goal was that he be required to register as a sex offender and their daughter not have to testify.
An affidavit for an arrest warrant said that “An 11-year-old girl was forensically interviewed on September 22, 2017, at Patsy’s House Child Advocacy Center” and that during the interview, “the child described incidents perpetrated by a relative five years before.”
The young girl recounted that “Wiltse would wake her up late at night, take her into the bathroom, remove her clothes, look at her privates and touch her inappropriately. She indicated he did the same thing on two different occasions”.