A former Longview High School teacher has been sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty Wednesday to aggravated sexual assault of two children.
Topher James Stout, 41, was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury in October on four counts of sexual assault of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sex abuse of a child younger than 14.
“The victims’ family and I visited multiple times and in lieu of the victims having to testify, we all agreed this was the best disposition,” said Harrison County First Assistant District Attorney Madison Hood. “We are pleased with the plea, and hope that the victims can continue their healing with the criminal side closed.”
According to the indictments, the sexual assault occurred July 9, 2020; July 1, 2019; March 1, 2019; and Dec. 1, 2018. The aggravated sexual assault of a child occurred Nov. 1, 2018 and June 1, 2020.
The indictments further note continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 occurred on or about Jun 1, 2017, through July 16, 2020, during a period that lasted 30 or more days.
Stout initially was arrested July 16 and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child after police responded to a residence in the Harrison County part of Longview regarding a report of aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old child.
The victim was then interviewed at the Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center, and a sexual assault nurse administered an exam. During an interview, authorities were told the victim had been sexually assaulted by Stout multiple times.
“The victim stated the offenses happened many, many times over a period of years,” the DA’s office said. “During additional interviews ... it was discovered that the defendant had sexually assaulted other victims as well.”
Stout initially was booked into the Gregg County Jail and then transferred to the Harrison County Jail where he was booked on additional charges.
“Once LPD detectives made us aware, we worked with them, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Gregg County District Attorney’s Office and Longview PD to get a new charge,” Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain said previously.