Special to The News
Dallas Andrew Fidler, 27, formerly of Seven Points, was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison by 173rd District Court Judge Dan Moore in connection with the aggravated sexual assault of two children. Fidler elected to have the judge assess his sentence rather than a jury.
Fidler’s jury trial came to an abrupt end in October, when after four days of a jury trial he decided to change his plea from “not-guilty” to “guilty,” rather than have the jury assess his guilt. Fidler was on trial for two indictments that were consolidated, alleging the Aggravated Sexual Assault of two children in 2003. The children were both under the age of 12 at the time of the assaults. Testimony throughout the trial revealed accounts of multiple instances of sexual assaults by Fidler.
Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney Office.
In closing arguments to the judge, Weiner argued: “Fidler is society’s worst type of criminal. He not only took these victims’ innocence but also took a part of their souls that can never be returned.”
Fidler’s attorney requested that the judge place him on deferred adjudication or in the alternative an appropriate sentence. Rumor countered the defense’s argument and focused on the long-term irreparable damage that had been done to the victims: “Regardless of when the defendant gets out, these victims will still have to live with what the defendant has done to them.”
District Attorney Scott McKee credited the work of his prosecutors, Henderson County Deputy Mitch Baker, Henderson County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Shelly, Sheila Durden of the Henderson County Child Advocacy Center and the entire Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for their work in the case.