Two men, including an El Paso doctor, have been convicted and sentenced this week in two separate cases involving child sexual abuse.
Christopher Matthew Luna, 28, of Troup, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a child. He was convicted Thursday and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
During the trial, the victim, a family friend, testified to multiple offenses that took place over a two-week period in 2018 when the victim was 14, according to a news release from the Smith County District Attorney's Office.
Luna faced up to 20 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole once he has served half of his 17-year sentence.
Luna will also be required to register as a sex offender.
In a separate case, an El Paso doctor pleaded not guilty, was convicted and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for indecency with a child stemming from a 2016 incident in which he solicited a child online.
Jonathan Landon Krause, 38, met the then-15-year-old victim online in September 2017, according to the DA's office.
The DA's office said Krause groomed the girl through continued electronic communication and drove to Smith County from El Paso on Dec. 6, 2017, to meet the victim, who had just turned 16.
The parents of the child found out about the relationship and reported it to the Lindale Police Department, which investigated the case, according to the DA's office.
Krause was arrested April 26, according to jail records.
The DA's office said the arrest came after investigators conducted a forensic download of the victim’s phone and an interview of her at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.
Krause was charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony, and indecency with a child, a second-degree felony. The two charges were tried together, according to the DA's office.
The DA's office said the jury found Krause guilty of indecency with a child and not guilty of online solicitation.
Krause will be eligible for parole when he serves half of his 15-year sentence and he will have to register as a sex offender.