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« on: February 20, 2009, 10:45:00 PM »

Texas Child Advocate Pleads Guilty In Child Sexual Assaults

An Austin businessman who served as a volunteer children’s advocate has pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of six children and will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

Billy Dan Carroll, 54, is scheduled for formal sentencing next week after pleading guilty to the sexual assault charges in state district court.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, he is expected to receive life sentences on five charges of sexual assault of a child and an additional 40-year sentence on a sixth charge.

The agreement also includes a two-year sentence on a charge of improperly videotaping a 13-year-old girl.

Carroll won't be eligible for parole until he is 104.

He had served as a volunteer children's advocate since 2004 before officials at Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County suspended him after learning of the allegations.

He owned a court-reporting business in Austin and San Antonio.

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 11:12:25 PM »

Accused child molester to face sentencing Thursday
2/25/2009 12:27 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

Accused child molester Billy Dan Carroll will be sentenced Thursday for his crimes.

His victims will be allowed to address him in the courtroom.

Carroll will serve five concurrent life sentences followed by 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.

His attorneys accepted the plea deal last week. Attorneys said Carroll has accepted responsibility for his actions. He'll also be allowed to speak Thursday in court. The hearing is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009, 12:01:42 AM »

Accused child molester to face sentencing Thursday
2/25/2009 12:27 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

Accused child molester Billy Dan Carroll will be sentenced Thursday for his crimes.

His victims will be allowed to address him in the courtroom.

Carroll will serve five concurrent life sentences followed by 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.

His attorneys accepted the plea deal last week. Attorneys said Carroll has accepted responsibility for his actions. He'll also be allowed to speak Thursday in court. The hearing is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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What a friggin creep!!!!!!  Hope his cell mates teach him right from wrong.  How dare he - just how dare he. 
If he speaks, I hope everyone walks out - he has nothing to say, IMHO.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009, 10:14:33 PM »

Carroll to serve life after victims speak their pain
Updated: 2/26/2009 7:58 PM
By: Catie Beck
Former child advocate Billy Dan Carroll Thursday was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting six child victims and one adult.

In a tearful, quivering voice Carroll apologized to his victims in court for the pain, hurt and rage he said that he caused by his actions.

As someone who worked and cared for foster children in Travis County, Carroll called his behavior “the ultimate betrayal.” He claimed to have had the perfect life, job and family. Carroll said he still can't believe himself and the things he has done.

"I was the neighbor next door, that's what made me so dangerous," Carroll said.

Carroll told the court that he wanted to get caught for his actions because he wanted his behavior to stop.

"I'm pleading guilty because I am guilty," he said.
District Judge Julie Kocurek called the case that shattered the trust of his victims and of Travis County “sad.”

"You did have it all Mr. Carroll," she said.

After the judge issued the sentence, victims were able to tell Carroll of their pain. Two mothers and two representatives of victims’ families spoke to Carroll.

One mother told Carroll that he had taken her family's kindness for weakness.

"It was like living in a nightmare," she said as she wept on the stand. "You are that nightmare, and they see it every day."

She said that she and her daughters moved to avoid Carroll and that she had gone into deep depression because she felt like a bad mother after her children told her how he'd harmed them.

Then she spoke for her daughters to Carroll.

"They wanted me to tell you how much they hate you," she said. "I will forever hate you."

Others who spoke expressed similar disgust.

"It gives us great relief to know you will take your last breath in a cement box," a member of a victim’s family said to Carroll.

Another victim's family chose to use their time to congratulate the detectives and lawyers who prosecuted the case.

"They deserve our community's support and thanks," she said. "Justice has worked."

Assistant Travis Country District Attorney Allison Wetzel said the case stresses the importance of listening to children, that the case was, in fact, broken because of a brave victim who told her story to an adult who then reported it.

Carroll's attorney, Bill Hines, reiterated Carroll's remorse and said it was his decision to agree to die in prison.

Carroll will serve five concurrent life sentences, followed by 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.
http://news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=233352
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