Special to The News
ATHENS – It took four days of a jury trial for Dallas Andrew Fidler, 26, formerly of Seven Points, to decide to change his plea from “not-guilty” to “guilty,” rather than take his chances with a Henderson County Jury. Fidler originally pleaded not guilty and was on trial for two charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault against two children in 2003. The children were 7 and 8 years old at the time of the assault.
Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney Office.
Prior to changing his plea, the jury heard evidence of dark secrets of abuse, until the allegations came to light in 2009. The testimony revealed brutal accounts of multiple instances of forced penetration by Fidler.
After four days of emotional testimony by the children, family members, an investigator from the Sheriff’s Department, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Fidler changed his plea. Additionally, there was further testimony outside the presence of the jury, by two other child victims detailing similar occurrences of sexual abuse by Fidler.
Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court will assess punishment on Dec. 5 of this year. Fidler faces two, potentially stacked sentences, of 5-99 years or life in prison and remains in the Henderson County jail awaiting sentencing.
District Attorney Scott McKee said he was pleased with the outcome of the trial and is prepared for the sentencing.
“This was a very emotional case for both Nancy and Justin because we can’t change what happened to those little girls,” said McKee, “But we are committed to ensuring that he never does this to another child”.