William Len Rainey, 38, of Gorman, was convicted by an Eastland County Jury on Monday in the 91st Judicial District Court for having sexual contact with a child. The offense involved sexual touching only.
The “guilty” verdict for Indecency With a Child was quickly returned by the jury after approximately ten minutes of deliberation. Judge Steven Herod presided over the trial and sentenced Rainey, the defendant, to LIFE in prison. Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason and Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Sarah Adams, represented the State at the trial, and Phillip Gregory of Ft. Worth, represented the Defendant.
Similar accusations against Rainey of sexual contact involving three other children, under the age of 12 from the Gorman area, were brought to a jury trial in 2001 under a prior District Attorney. That trial resulted in three not guilty verdicts and a hung jury in a fourth case.
In 2006, Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason brought Rainey to trial on new charges and once again, a jury found the defendant “not guilty” of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child but did find him guilty of Tampering With Evidence and assessed his punishment at seven years confinement. In that case, Rainey had destroyed his computer and photographic evidence of a sexual assault of a four year old child. The only evidence available for trial was witness testimony. The defendant pled “guilty” to an additional charge of Indecency With a Child by Sexual Contact on the same date he was found guilty in the Tampering case and was sentenced to 7 years confinement. That charge resulted in Rainey being required to register as a sex offender.
While on parole on the Tampering with Evidence and Indecency With a Child convictions, he committed the current offense against an eleven year old child for which he is now convicted and serving the life sentence.
Rainey, in 2011, had also served a 20 month State Jail sentence for Failure to Comply With Sex Offender Registration Requirements.