GALVESTON – On Wednesday, May 8,
2019, Robert McNeal was found guilty by a Galveston County jury for the offense
of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. On May 9th, 2019 that same
jury sentenced him to life in prison.
In October, 2016 the Galveston
Police Department received a call from Texas Children’s Hospital that a woman
and her child were there to report a sexual assault of a child that occurred in
Galveston Police Officers made
contact with the victim and set up an interview at the Child Advocacy Center of
Galveston County. During the interview the victim out-cried that Robert McNeal
had sexually assaulted the victim on multiple occasions over a period of a few
While investigating this offense
Galveston Police Officer Jeff Banks discovered that Robert McNeal had been
previously arrested and charged with prior sexual offenses against children.
During the punishment phase of the
trial the State introduced evidence of two additional victims who testified
that Robert McNeal had sexually abused them in 2009.
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a
Child carries a punishment from five years to ninety-nine years or life in
After the conclusion of the
evidence, the jury assessed a punishment of life in prison.
The defendant will not become
eligible for parole until he serves thirty years of his sentence.
Robert McNeal was prosecuted by
Assistant District Attorney Barbara Agbu and Chief Assistant District Attorney
Matthew Shawhan in the 212th District Court, with Judge Patricia Grady
presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Galveston
Police Department and the Child Advocacy Center of Galveston County for their
excellent work in investigating this case.