A previously convicted sex offender is behind bars again.
Jack Stone was convicted of indecency with a child back in 1987. But he never registered as a sex offender. And he attacked other children as recently as this past June.
This time the 49-year-old will serve seven life sentences after a 6-month investigation of child indecency and sex assault charges in McLennan Co.
"That's gonna hit home anytime. You know if you have children of your own you're gonna think that could've been me...we're very proud to see someone get punished the way he did," said Detective Mike Miller with the Bellmead Police Dept.
Bellmead and Waco police teamed up on the case because indictments came from both cities.
One victim is a family friend: a 4-year-old girl Stone watched while her parents were at work.
The others are brothers in Waco, according to court documents younger than eight years old.
Attorneys reached a plea deal. Stone plead guilty and agreed to the seven life sentences as long as he served them concurrently.
"The judge or jury could stack the sentences so that you would have to serve one full sentence before you serve another one. This way they all went together at the same time," said defense attorney Sandy Gately about the decision to plead guilty to all charges.
The seven charges include four cases of indecency with a child by contact, one charge of aggravated assault of a child and two charges of failing to register as a sex offender.
Investigators believe there may be other victims out there. And they say it's a blessing that Stone will have to serve 30 years before he's up for parole.
The District Attorney's office released the following statement:
"Our community is now safe from this sexual predator due to the courage of the three child victims as well as the tireless efforts of Detective Anne Cyr from the Waco Police Department and Detective Haywood Sawyer from the Bellmead Police Department."
"This is a success, this is a victory, it really is. Not only for us but for the families that we do this for," Detective Miller said about the sentence.
The victims and their families were notified about the deal as soon as it was reached, but none of decided to show up to witness the court proceedings.