A Diana man will not be eligible for parole until the year 2148 for sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, a jury decided Thursday.
Mark Randall Beasley, 59, was sentenced to life sentences on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and 20 years on a charge of indecency with a child, according to Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd. The sentences will be served consecutively. Beasley had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Testimony on Thursday showed that when the victim was 2 to 3 years old she lived with her biological mother, according to Byrd. During that time, the mother sold the child and allowed her to be molested, photographed and passed around in Gregg County.
Child Protective Services took the child from her mother and placed her with Beasley and his wife, Byrd said. The couple was eventually awarded custody of the child in early 2014.
Byrd said the couple were told the child had been sexually abused and assaulted.
Beasley then began sexually abusing the child in June 2017, when she was 8, Byrd said. He said between June 2017 and January, Beasley molested the girl more than 20 times.
Byrd said Beasley “partially confessed” to inappropriately touching and penetrating the child and to having her perform sexual acts on him.
The jury reached its verdict in less than 30 minutes, finding Beasley guilty on all counts.