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story.lead_photo.caption Johnny Ray Shanklin

NEW BOSTON, Texas — A man who was caught half-naked with condoms in his hand in the closet of a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Johnny Ray Shanklin, 28, was confronted and detained by the girl's mother at approximately 3:15 a.m. Dec. 9, 2019, according to a probable cause affidavit. When Wake Village police responded to the home on Arizona Street, they allegedly found Shanklin, nude from the waist down, in the girl's closet with condoms in his hand.

Shanklin appeared before 5th District Judge Bill Miller with Assistant Public Defender Sylvia Delgado for a plea and sentencing hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston. Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter said she has been in contact with the victim and her family and that they were in support of the plea arrangement.

Upon release from prison, Shanklin will be required to register as a sex offender.

Shanklin has been in custody since his arrest. He received credit for the time he spent behind bars while his case proceeded toward his 15-year prison term.

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