Child molester sentenced Thursday to 100 years in Bowie County


NEW BOSTON, Texas: A Nash, Texas, man was sentenced Thursday to 100 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Russell Layne Little, 42, was found guilty by a jury of six men and six women Thursday and sentenced to the maximum 20 years on each count. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively for a total of 100 years by 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison. The jury also imposed maximum $10,000 fines on each of the five counts.

Little was convicted of sexually abusing the 15-year-old friend of one of his own children at his home in Nash, Texas, in 2017. That girl and two others testified that Little touched them inappropriately, First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said. Assistant District Attorneys Randle Smolarz and Craig Foster prosecuted the case as well. Little was represented by Texarkana attorney Josh Potter.

Little used his own children and his church to gain access to young girls, Crisp said.

Court records show that Little was released following his arrest in July on a $50,000 bond but that his bond was revoked and he was returned to jail Oct. 8. A motion to revoke Little’s bond states that he was “homicidal” toward a witness and was in possession of a firearm.

Little is being held in the Bowie County jail until he can be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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