Child abuser sentenced to life without parole

By Campbell Atkins

Madisonville resident Felicia Mulkey pleaded guilty to one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, one count of Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography in the 278th District Court in Madison County, according to a press release from the office of District Attorney Brian Risinger.

She was sentenced to the maximum punishment on all charges and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mulkey was arrested on June 26, 2018 for the abuses along with Joseph Farris, who is currently awaiting trial.

Judge Hal Ridley sentenced Mulkey after hearing evidence that she filmed herself raping her eight-year-old biological daughter “hundreds of times.”

“The events of this case are hard to believe, that a woman would ever do something like this to her own child,” said Risinger in the press release. “We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated law enforcement professionals working so diligently for the safety of our children and community.”

Multiple agencies assisted throughout the investigation process, including members of the Madisonville Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Madison and Montgomery County District Attorneys’ Offices.

Judge Ridley’s sentencing came after testimonies from retired Texas Ranger Steven Jeter and Special Agent Jeff Chappell with Homeland Security Investigations.

Former Chief Prosecutor of Child Exploitation cases Mary Nan Huffman was sworn in to assist Risinger as a special prosecutor.

“When I heard about this little girl and the abuse she suffered, I volunteered to help,” said Huffman in the press release. “Every child deserves justice no matter the jurisdiction. (Mulkey) may have been the way this child was brought into this world, but she is no mother.”