Midlothian man who impregnated preteen, tried to get her an abortion is sentenced to 50 years

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Written by Tom Steele Tom Steele
Created: 18 December 2019 18 December 2019

Midlothian, TX - An Ellis County man who impregnated a preteen girl has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.   Paul Jon Flanigan, 37, of Midlothian pleaded guilty last week to continuous sexual abuse of a child, Ellis County officials announced Tuesday. He will not have the possibility of parole.

The girl told forensic interviewers Paul Jon Flanigan had been molesting her since she was 11 and continued until learning she was pregnant.

Authorities began investigating after Flanigan took the victim, then 12, to a Planned Parenthood location in Dallas in an attempt to get an abortion in November 2018.

The girl told forensic interviewers that Flanigan had been molesting her since she was 11 and that he had continued until he discovered that she was pregnant.

After the girl gave birth in February, a DNA test confirmed that Flanigan was the infant’s father, authorities said.

“Paul Flanigan stole the innocence of a child,” Assistant Ellis County and District Attorney Habon Mohamed said in a written statement. “Flanigan will serve a just punishment for his perverse actions.”

Source: Dallas Morning News

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Paul Jon Flanigan(Ellis County Sheriff's Office)