A Wichita County Jury on Wednesday sentenced a former Wichita Falls postal worker and Sunday School teacher to life in prison for urging a 13-year-old girl to give him a “peep show” and take a shower with him.
Daniel James Green, 63, pleaded guilty in 78th District Court Tuesday to Sexual Performance by a Child, a charge that stemmed from an incident in January 2022. His punishment was left to a jury of seven women and five men.
After Green was charged with the offense in 2023, two other women came forward and told authorities Green did similar things to them nearly 20 years ago. The jury was authorized to take those allegations into consideration as they deliberated Green’s sentence.
In the most recent allegation, a girl told investigators Green was a next-door neighbor to her family and attended their church, Church at Sheppard/First Baptist. She said Green, who taught Sunday School, befriended the family and in 2022 he paid her $10 to put on a pair of panties at his home and give him a peep show. She said he also offered her money to take a shower with him.
Green admitted to the accusations in a police interview but denied he had ever done similar things to children before. He was charged and bailed out of jail on a $50,000 bond.
Then, a woman learned of the charges and came forward with similar allegations against Green that stemmed from incidents in 2004 when she was nine years old. He was indicted on three counts of Indecency with a Child – Exposure and one count of Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact. His new bonds total $300,000 and he has been in the Wichita County Jail since April 2023.
The woman testified she knew Green from Sunday school and said he would take her and other children to activities in his van and would bring her lunch at Kate Haynes Elementary School. He offered her bribes of money or toys to try on lingerie and to eventually remove her clothing from the waist down to give him a peep show. She said there were about 15 such encounters, including incidents in his vehicle where he exposed himself. She said he offered her money to take a bath with him where he instructed her to wash his genitals.
The woman said the experience has affected her life as an adult and she has become extremely protective of her own children.
“There are wolves in sheep’s clothing everywhere,” she said.
Another woman testified Green wanted to see her in a thong when she was nine.
Green took the stand in his own defense Tuesday and said, “I made a mistake,” but denied touching the girls. He said he knows he must serve prison time, but if he is released, he said, “I’m not going to do that sort of thing again. Never, ever going to do this again.”
Dobie Kosub, first assistant district attorney, asked Green why the jury should believe him since he had lied about committing crimes prior to 2022.
Green’s public defense attorney, Gant Crimes, told jurors in his closing statement he did not expect them to return the minimum sentence, but argued sex offenders can be rehabilitated. He said Green had been a good person earlier in his life.
“I don’t know what happened to Mr. Green. Can we find that person and reconnect him with humanity?” he said.
“This child molester has earned the right to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Kosub told the jurors. “You are going to determine what this community will put up with.”
He said the victims will carry what happened to them through the rest of their lives.
“Did you hear him say ‘sorry’ at all?” he asked. “Prison is not a place where he will have access to a 13-year-old girl.”
The jury deliberated 34 minutes before returning the maximum sentence.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Green’s latest victim said she now finds it difficult to trust any man and is glad she found the courage to come forward and prevent the same thing from happened to more girls.
Green could be eligible for parole in 30 years, when he is 93 years old.