On April 7, 240th District Court Judge Chad Bridges sentenced Fadhil Al Musawi to 20 years in prison on each of two sexual assault charges.
After sentencing the 45-year-old Missouri City man to the maximum prison time allowed in each case, the court stacked the sentences and ordered that they be served consecutively – resulting in a 40-year prison term for the defendant.
Al Musawi pled guilty to each offense in October 2016 and requested the court to determine his sentence. As a result, a sentencing hearing began April 4. Judge Bridges rendered the sentences following the emotional testimony of several individuals who suffered physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of Al Musawi, including two former wives.
Evidence presented by prosecutors Jenna Rudoff and Suzy Morton, both assigned to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Child Abuse Division, revealed that Al Musawi had engaged in the repeated sexual assault of one individual over a period of time, and had also engaged in brutal sexual, physical and emotional abuse of that individual and others over the last 15 years. The investigation was conducted by Detective Justin Harris of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
The defendant, who came to the United States from Iraq in 1995, testified during the punishment hearing. He begged the judge to give him a chance and to have faith in him. He told Judge Bridges that he “did not want to be a monster anymore.” But all the witnesses called by the defense who were familiar with Iraqi culture, testified that the sexual assault and physical assault of women and children are among the most egregious offenses in the Iraqi culture, and are worthy of the harshest punishments.
Rudoff commended the witnesses who revealed the abuse they had suffered.
“All of the individuals who testified described horrible treatment at the hands of this defendant. It took great courage to come forward and face this serial abuser,” Rudoff said.
Rudoff especially praised the survivor of the sexual assault cases, “Because she was able to stand up for herself by telling what happened to her, she stood up for all survivors of sexual abuse and physical abuse – child survivors and adult survivors as well.”
Sexual assault is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Under Texas law, the defendant will not be eligible for parole consideration for 20 years. Al Musawi was probation eligible. Attorney Michael Nassif represented the defendant.