BROWNWOOD − A man arrested in 2020 in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a child in Early was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison, the maximum possible, the Brown County District Attorney's office said in a news release.
Ronnie Jackson, who was 46 at time of his arrest, had been charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping stemming from an incident Sept. 15, 2020, when a woman shopping at a craft store reported that a man had followed her and attempted to grab her 4-year-old daughter.
Police arrested Jackson at his home in Early two days later after receiving a tip about his identity. They also learned he had a 2014 warrant for a charge of indecent exposure in Odessa, according to a police report at the time.
Judge Sam Moss handed down the sentence Wednesday after hearing evidence from the district attorney's office alleging Jackson had a 25-year history of committing indecent exposure. The evidence included testimony from five women alleging that Jackson behaved inappropriately to them in stores around the state, often targeting mothers with young girls, the release said.
Because Jackson failed to complete the kidnapping and had no previous felony convictions, the maximum sentence allowed by law was 20 years, the release said. The DA's office stated a longer sentence would have been recommended if legally possible.
Jackson also will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following the completion of his prison sentence.
This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Early man gets 20 years for attempted kidnapping of 4-year-old girl