Abilene woman sentenced to 25 years for graphic child sex crime

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene woman has been sentenced to serve 25 years behind bars for a graphic child sex crime. 

Chelsea Diaz, 30, pleaded guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and received her 25-year sentence Wednesday. She was also ordered to register as a sex offender. 

Diaz's co-defendant, Howard Sturgis, 56, is currently on trial for the same graphic child sex crime and two others. His trial began Monday and as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Defense was still examining witnesses. 

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 against Sturgis after a victim came forward and claimed he 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. 

Sturgis is being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $400,000. 


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