ETX convict sentenced for rape of 14-year-old denied appeal

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:48am

Jeffrey Ross Seery, a Henderson County man, was denied his appeal last week by the Twelfth Court of Appeals in Tyler.

The convict was sentenced to 60 years in prison on three counts of sexual assault in January 2011 for raping a then 14-year-old girl.

After the sentencing, Seery appealed his convictions citing testimony should not have been heard by the jury and that some of his evidence, which was kept from the jury, should not have been.
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Seery was arrested on Sept. 27, 2009, by deputies that were dispatched to reports of a 14-year-old girl that had been assaulted at a house on Highway 31 near Athens. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and booked into the Henderson County Jail.

Authorities also found two hand grenades and marijuana at the home. Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in Tyler traveled to the location and retrieved the grenades.

Officers charged Seery with sexual assault while he was still in custody on an escape charge.

During the trial, the victim emotionally detailed her relationship with Seery and described how he groomed her from a young age to engage in sexual acts with him.

Other witnesses testified Seery claimed to be a high ranking special-forces paratrooper who suffered from PTSD. At one time, the convict was thrown a going away party after claiming he was being deployed to Afghanistan.

Military records show he was never in combat and was discharged as a private for various infractions, according to court documents.

Prosecutors also claimed Seery fooled people into believing his military stories and used them to separate his victim from her mother.

Seery can still petition the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review the decision.

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