A Royce City man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child last month.
On February 28, Ivan Merida, 35, was sentenced by a Collin County Jury for sexually abusing a child for more than a year.
“Collin County children are forever safe from this predator because this brave child found the courage to tell a family member,” said Greg Willis, District Attorney for Collin County.
Once the victim turned 11 years old, she began to harm herself due to the sexual abuse. A family member noticed and asked her about it. She then disclosed the details of that abuse to them.
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An investigation was initiated and Merida was found guilty. He is being held in the Collin County Jail with no chance for parole.