An IQ of 47, and a prison sentence of 100 years


Aaron Hart's sexual assault case in Paris, Texas, has left court officials pondering if justice was served. A new attorney will seek a new trial with testimony about the teen's mental disability.


Reporting from Houston -- The crime Aaron Hart confessed to was undeniably repellent.

In September, the 18-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old neighbor boy behind a tool shed in the small east Texas town of Paris. A relative of the victim said she walked outside and saw Hart with his pants pulled down, standing next to the boy.

Police read Hart his Miranda rights, and he quickly admitted his guilt. On Feb. 11, Hart's court-appointed attorney entered guilty pleas to each of five related felony counts, a jury recommended multiple sentences, and a judge ruled that the prison terms be served consecutively, for a total of 100 years.

That might have been the end of Cause No. 22924 in the 6th Judicial District Court of Lamar County, Texas. Except that now, every court official who had a hand in the case seems to agree that Hart doesn't belong in prison for the rest of his life.

That's because Hart has an IQ of 47, and his parents say he functions at the level of a 9-year-old. The boy he confessed to molesting is mentally disabled as well.
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