By Chris Edwards
BRYAN – A Hillister man was sentenced to 45 years without parole in a Bryan courtroom last week for a rape charge.
Kevin Wayne Deggs, 40, was handed down the sentence last Thursday by Judge Travis Bryan III of the 272nd District Court. The sentence came after a jury found Deggs guilty of the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.
Following the sentencing, assistant district attorneys Kara Comte and Gretchen Connick, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the state, made a statement. “This verdict and sentence will protect young women in the future from this predator,” it reads.
The two prosecutors also stated that three witnesses who testified during Deggs’s trial are “heroes” for bringing him to justice.
The testimonies were from three individuals who were abused by Deggs, including one whom he victimized in 1998 when she was 12 years old. The jury deliberated for about an hour before rendering the guilty verdict.
Deggs was first arrested on a sex crime charge in 2016 in Tyler County, when a 12-year-old girl reported that he had sexually assaulted her. Following a forensic medical exam of the girl, Deggs was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. While he was out on bond, in 2017, an 11-year-old Brazos County girl told her mother that Deggs had touched her inappropriately.
Deggs was initially charged with indecency with a child when arrested in Brazos County, but that charge was upgraded to continuous sexual abuse of a child when the charges from both counties were combined, according to a news release from Brazos County District Attorney’s Office.
The Brazos County DA noted that by law either county could have prosecuted Deggs on the updated charge, but both offices agreed for Brazos County to take the lead.
“The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office and the College Station Police Department were instrumental in investigating these cases and bringing Deggs to justice,” the DA’s news release stated.