A therapist in Frisco will spend the next 20 years behind bars after being found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage patient.
Ronald Hodgkiss, 48, was convicted and sentenced Thursday on one count of sexual assault of a child, three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and one count of indecency with a child by exposure.
Crystal Levonius, Chief of the Crimes Against Children Division with Collin County District Attorney's Office, said after the conviction they agreed to a 20 year sentence for the sexual assault of a child and indecency by contact charges, and 10 years for the indecency by exposure.
The sentences will be served concurrently, Levonius said.
According to Hodgkiss' arrest warrant, he began counseling the girl for suicidal thoughts and cutting herself in November of 2010. In Sept., 2011, the girl's mother went to police after finding a sexually charged email exchange between her daughter and Hodgkiss, according to the document.
During the trial, evidence showed 26,000 text messages that were shared between Hodgkiss and a the teen.
Court documents said Hodgkiss and the girl went on many "road trips," including one to Deep Ellum, as the therapy sessions continued. The girl told investigators that their therapy sessions became "nothing but sexual" and that she even spent the night at his home.
Two other counts against Hodgkiss were dropped.
Hodgkiss' license to practice was briefly suspended, but reinstated about a month after his arrest while the charges were pending.