WAXAHACHIE — A Red Oak man who admitted to molesting an eight-year-old girl was sentenced by an Ellis County judge Friday to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to a release issued by the Ellis County and District Attorney’s office, Bryan Wayne Stewart, 36, agreed to a plea bargain with the State of Texas after he pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a young child. Judge Bob Carroll of the 40th District Court then sentenced Steward to serve the next 30 years in prison with no opportunity for parole. At that time, Stewart, who will be 65 years old, will be required to register as a sex offender.

The release states that the female victim, who is now 16 years old, recalled being eight years old when the abuse began. She “recounted her memories of the abuse to investigators employed by the Ellis County Child Advocacy, also known as The Gingerbread House,” which then led to a joint investigation by the Red Oak and Waxahachie Police Departments and the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office.

Amid the investigation, Stewart, on Sept. 30, 2015, “walked into the Red Oak Police Department and confessed to investigators that he had been sexually abusing an underage female,” states the release.

“There is no parole on this offense. Stewart will be required to serve the full 30-year sentence,” the release states. “The plea bargain avoided the possibility of a lesser outcome if the case had gone to trial, and it prevented the victim from being required to publicly testify about a tragic period in her life. There are also no appeals from plea bargain agreements, which provides greater closure for victims.”

Prosecutor Russell Jones thanked the investigators who “worked on this case and continue to work tirelessly on cases like it to ensure that victims of sexual abuse in Ellis County are afforded justice. This sentence begins a healing process for this child and sends a clear message that sexual abuse of children will not be tolerated, excused, or ignored in Ellis County.”