Robert Benjamin Franks


Sexual abuse defendant receives double life sentence

Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau who prosecuted the case. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAYS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE


Robert Benjamin Franks, 39, of San Marcos was convicted of Continuous Sexual Abuse, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, and Indecency with a Child, arising from a pattern of sexual abuse against two separate children committed over a period of years. After a sentencing hearing, the jury sentenced Franks to two life sentences plus over 1,000 years in prison.

According to the testimony at trial, in June 2016, Franks’ 9-year-old girl stepdaughter, identified in court papers by her initials, told her father that Franks was doing “disgusting things” to her while she was in Franks’ home.

Although the first victim’s 10-year-old stepsister originally denied any sexual contact with Franks, when she was taken to a Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner for an examination, she also said that Franks had been systematically sexually abusing her for years.

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