Local man convicted of indecency with a child gets 10-year prison sentence

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A local man charged with two counts of indecency with a child will face prison time and a lifetime as a registered sex offender.

Roy Lynn Avance, 62, of Kilgore, was indicted on the two charges on Sept. 29, 2016, and was sentenced Thursday by Judge Charles Alfonso. Both are considered second-degree felony charges, which carry a punishment of between two and 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Avance received two 10-year prison sentences for each count; they will be served concurrently.

After a maximum of 10 years in prison, Avance will then be required to register as a sex offender, a registry he will remain on for life.

According to the original Grand Jury indictment, Avance was charged with two counts of indecency with a child younger than 17 years of age (sexual contact): one from May 1, 2016, and another from June 20, 2016.

In a document filed Sept. 21, Avance stipulates the facts included in the two counts are both “true and correct.”

According to Chapter 62 of the Texas code of Criminal Procedure cited in the written plea admonishment regarding registration as a sex offender and the auto-life statute, Avance must register and verify the registration information with law enforcement in either the city or county where he lives, intends to live, move to, visit, work, volunteer or attend class.

Avance must apply for an original or renewed driver’s license or personal identification certificate that will state his status as a registered sex offender, and it must be renewed annually. Failure to comply with the associated sex offender registration laws is a felony offense, according to the document.

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