Upshur County man found guilty of multiple charges of child sex crimes

UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A 50-year-old Upshur County man was found guilty of seven counts of aggravated assault of a child and five counts of sexual assault.

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<em>Mugshot of Walter Bartram, courtesy of the Upshur County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. </em>
Mugshot of Walter Bartram, courtesy of the Upshur County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

The district attorney’s office said in a release on Wednesday that Walter Bartram was tried for multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault with a child under 14 in Gilmer, and for multiple counts of sexual assault of another child.

Officials said that in January 2020 one of the victims came to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office to report the abuse that occurred between 2006-2011.

Both victims testified in the trial, and the jury later returned a verdict of guilty. The defense asked for the judge to sentence Bartram, and the State said they will be asking for the maximum sentences for the charges.

A sentencing hearing will take place after a presentence investigation report, which is meant to help the court determine an appropriate sentence, requested by the defense is completed.

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“Both victims were brave and while moving forward in life they too still deal with the pain and hurt these horrific crimes caused both of them and have impacted their lives forever,” Upshur County Criminal District Attorney Billy Byrd said.

Bartram currently remains at the Upshur County Jail.

“We are extremely thankful to our citizens that served on the jury, and worked hard to see justice was done,” Byrd said.

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