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Former youth worker gets life sentence for sexually abusing child

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ANADARKO, Okla. — A worker at a child care center in Caddo County was sentenced to life in prison after he admitted to sexually abusing a child. This isn't the first time authorities say this man's had inappropriate interactions with kids.

The judge in this case said it's what helped his decision to sentence this former youth worker to life in prison.

“We've been going to counseling, a lot of prayer, just trying to get by, day by day,” Jana Evans said.

Day by day is how 76-year-old Robert Wallace will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Wednesday afternoon a Caddo County judge sentenced Wallace to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse.

“I feel like justice was served today,” Evans said. “Not only for my family but for the other victims as well and for the ones who've never come forward.”

It's those victims, Evans's relative among them, that prompted the court to hand down the harsh sentence.

“I trusted him and everybody else did too,” Evans said.

Wallace was a youth coordinator at the Comanche Nation Youth Center.

News Channel 4 first reported about his arrest in August and since then more victims have reportedly come forward.

Evans says she's speaking out about the abuse for one reason.

“For all the people who have never come forward,” she said.

 “Defendants in these types of cases take innocence away from children that can never be regained,” Caddo County Assistant District Attorney James Walters said. “For the rest of her natural life she has to live with this. I think the judge gave the appropriate ruling and I'm very pleased with the outcome.”

“Wallace messed with the wrong kid,” Evans said. “Justice has been served.”

In addition to a life sentence, Wallace will also have to pay a $5,000 fine and court costs.