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
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
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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