40-year old Phil Anderson was found guilty of sexual assault Wednesday.
Now, the father of the young girl is wanting his voice heard.
“Four years for anywhere from to 10 years of abuse?” said Billy Joe Cruse, the victim’s father. “4 years is nothing.”
Cruse is furious with the outcome of Phil Anderson's trial. Furious, because the time Cruse spent trying to get help for his daughter is more than
“Day 1 this man's tried to keep me from her and her mother was basically helpless.” Cruse said. “Not helpless, I wouldn't say, she wouldn't do anything. She wouldn't intervene at all.”
He says the state ignored him when he tried to get help. But now, saving his daughter is not his only concern. During
According to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the prosecutor said
“He basically defamed my character and it was a slap in the face to say this,” Cruse said after reading the article. “After my daughter went through all she went through and I went through all I went through.”
Now, Cruse questions the judicial system. He says not only was he wronged... but his daughter too.
“At what cost are we willing to continue to neglect, to continue to just let things like this take place,” said Cruse. “We're talking about children's lives being destroyed. We're talking about children being hurt physically, emotionally... At what cost?”
He now is eligible for an appeal.