Abilene man sentenced to life for graphic child sex crime

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene man has been sentenced to serve life behind bars after being convicted in a graphic sexual assault of a child case.

Howard Sturgis, 56, was found guilty of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and received his life sentence Thursday afternoon. 

Sturgis' codefendant, Chelsea Diaz, 29, pleaded guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and was sentenced to serve 25-years behind bars Wednesday. 

The couple is accused of subjecting two young girls to various acts of sexual abuse for years.

Court documents claim one victim told detectives the couple would make the children sniff "spray" from a rag during some of these incidents.

Additional details on the allegations surrounding this case, which are explicit and should be read with discretion, can be found in a previous article published on BigCountryHomepage.com

Another charge was issued after a victim came forward and claimed Sturgis sexually assaulted her several times a year for three years beginning in May of 2007, and a third charge was issued after an additional victim told detectives Sturgis had inappropriate sexual contact with her for years beginning when she was 8-years-old in 1993. 

BigCountryHomepage will update this article when a punishment is decided. 

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