Wednesday, Russell Todd McCree, 34, of Whitesboro, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each charge. The sentences, which will run concurrently, were imposed by 59th District Court Judge Rayburn Nall pursuant to a plea agreement that McCree reached with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, Russell Todd McCree, 34, of Whitesboro, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each charge. The sentences, which will run concurrently, were imposed by 59th District Court Judge Rayburn Nall pursuant to a plea agreement that McCree reached with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.


A prepared statement from the D.A.’s office said, that in August of 2014, Grayson County Child Protective Services workers received a report from a woman who was serving as a foster parent to three children. The children, ages 7, 9, and 11, had been placed with the woman and her husband after being removed from the home of their biological parents because of drug use in the home, neglect and possible physical abuse of the children. The foster mother reported that after a short time in foster care the children had told her that their biological father, Russell Todd McCree, had sexually abused them when they lived at a house on Sherman Drive in Whitesboro over a several year period prior to the time the children had been removed from his custody.


Whitesboro police took the children to the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview where the children told an interviewer the same account of abuse which had occurred.


"This is just a sad story," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. "But hopefully, it has a happy ending. These children have been given a new loving home, and the parental rights of Mr. McCree have been terminated. This is a good example of how important the job of child protection workers is, and how important foster parents are."


McCree will be eligible for parole after serving one-half of his sentence. He will be under a lifetime sex offender registration requirement.


The case was prosecuted by assistant District Attorney Matt Johnson. McCree was represented by Sherman attorney T. Scott Smith.


Smith could not be immediately reached for a comment on the case.