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Wylie Man Gets 25 Years After Having Sex With Minor

D. Jennings, 23, of Wylie, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he posed as a high school student and engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office announced last week.

Jennings was found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and sentenced to 25 years without the possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to two years for indecency with a child, however, that sentence is to run concurrently.

When Jennings was 20 years-old, he claimed to be 15 when he began dating the 12 year-old victim. When the girl was 13, their relationship turned sexual and it continued when she was 14 and attending Wylie High School.

Pretending to be a 16 year-old high school student, Jennings would eat lunch with the victim, walk her to class and ride the school bus, prosecutors said.

According to authorities, Jennings posed as a high school student, going so far as to walk through the halls of Wylie High with a backpack.

School officials received a tip that Jennings was having an inappropriate relationship with the girl, who was brought to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County for an interview. During the interview, the victim said that Jennings was sexually abusing her and that she didn’t know how old he was.

The investigation was led by Wylie Police Detective Helen Taylor, assigned to the Collin County Rural Child Abuse Task Force. Prosecutors on the case were Assistant District Attorneys Shannon Miller and Geeta Singletary; they were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Greg Bowers.

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