Man gets life sentence in Harrison County court
Robin Y. Richardson
Jan. 11, 2017 at 4 a.m.
Edwin Craig Volcik, 47, accused of sexually assaulting about a dozen girls, received 11 life sentences Tuesday in Harrison County's 71st District Court.
Volcik pleaded guilty to 11 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child in front of Judge Brad Morin. Officials said all victims were younger than 14.
The punishment range for the offense is five to 99 years or life in prison. An optional fine up to $10,000 may also be imposed. The defendant's 11 life sentences will run concurrently.
"I'm very happy with the outcome," said Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon.
"This is a good resolution to a case that, the only way to get more is we would've had to have literally put the families up there to identify their children," Solomon said. "They didn't want to do that and we're glad that we didn't have to do that; so, it's a very good resolution."
The DA is happy the case was able to be resolved through a plea bargain agreement, which was approved by Judge Morin, so that the young victims wouldn't have to relive the abuse through a jury trial.
According to the indictment, the sexual abuse took place on March 8, 2014; June 17, 2014; August 24, 2014; and January 27, 2015.
Because a plea agreement - made between the state and the defense - was approved in the case, Volcik waived his right to a trial by jury as well as his right to appeal. Solomon advised the court that the victims' families were all in agreement with the terms of the agreement.
"Some, not all have come for the plea (hearing) today," Solomon said.
The ones that were present wept as Volcik pled guilty in court to sexually abusing their children by physical contact and with sex toys.
The defendant was arrested in January 2015 at his residence, 3186 Quail Lane, in the Harrison County side of Longview, on charges of sexual assault of a child, following a lengthy investigation led by federal officials, who were investigating him for child pornography.
"An investigation by Homeland Security led them and us to this location regarding child pornography, and upon our investigation at the residence there was evidence that indicated that there was more than just pornography," Sheriff Tom McCool said before. "We believed there had possibly been sexual assaults with some of these children."
A probable cause for arrest shows that the sheriff's office assisted the Dallas Homeland Security Investigations agents in a search warrant at Volcik's residence for manufacturing of child pornography.
After securing the location, HCSO investigators and HSI agents interviewed Volcik, who made an admission to the agents that he gave Benadryl to several young girls under the age of 15 and photographed and/or videotaped their genitals while they slept.
"He later admitted to sending the photos and/or videos to people via the Internet," the report reads.
The report further notes Volcik admitted to sexually assaulting one of the victims after doping her up with Benadryl, making her fall asleep.
"Volcik stated this child was under the age of 10 and he did break open a Benadryl capsule and placed it in her drink," the report states. "The victim was asleep from the medication when he sexually assaulted her. The victim did not wake up during the sexual assault. Volcik admitted that he did videotape the sexual assault on the victim."
Volcik was placed under arrest for aggravated sexual assault of a child and booked into the Harrison County Jail. Sheriff McCool described it, at the time, as a pretty bizarre case, that's a sad situation.
Through the reading of a victim's impact statement, the loved ones of the victims expressed their pain, addressing Volcik as "the devil."
"You have a mind that's full of filth that reeks in the atmosphere," the statement, which was read on behalf of the family by the county's crime victims coordinator Kale McCray, said.
"You took the innocence of our daughters along with (that of) a number of other girls," the family told him. "You have caused the family and the girls so much pain."
And despite his abuse, the family said the girls will persevere, becoming strong, remarkable women someday.
Meanwhile, the family told Volcik he'd be spending the rest of his life confined with murderers, bank robbers, drug dealers and other felons, who miss their daughters, but will be reminded of them every time they see Volcik and think about the horrific acts he's done to other children.
"You are a sick - a very sick person," the family stated.
"May prison life have no mercy (on you)," McCray concluded as the relatives of the victims shouted "Amen".
As Volcik exited the courtroom, escorted by security, one mother bid him good riddance.
"Rot in hell," she said.
Volcik will receive credit for time he's already served in the case, since his incarceration in 2015. Because this is a "3g offense" on a life sentence, he has to serve at least 30 years before he's eligible for parole. In the event he is paroled, he will be required to register as a sex offender for life. The judge also advised Volcik that catching another sexual-related conviction in the event he's out on parole, will earn the defendant an automatic life sentence.