San Antonio, Texas, May 2, 2016: This afternoon, Bexar County jurors in the 290th District Court sentenced Steve Kou, age 62, to 60 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On Friday, Kou was found guilty of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child.
In July 2014, a then 8-year-old girl made an outcry to a relative that she was being sexually abused by Kou. The girl said the abuse started when she was in kindergarten, and had lasted three years. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Kou and charged him with Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child. During the trial the victim, now 10 years old, testified about the sexual abuse she endured by Kou. In addition, the girl’s mother told jurors that her daughter still has nightmares and is traumatized from the abuse. Kou did not give investigators a statement at the time of his arrest, nor did he testify during his trial.
“This 60-year sentence guarantees this defendant will no longer harm this young girl or another innocent child,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “I hope this verdict sends a strong message to other predators out there who harm our children.”
Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 25-99 years or life in prison. Assistant District Attorneys Kristina Escalona and Melissa Saenz from the Child Abuse Unit prosecuted the case against Kou in the 290th District Court.