POSTED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:44am
UPDATED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:01pm
Nacogdoches — A Nacogdoches man was sentenced to two 20-year stints in prison and another 10 years in prison, all to be served concurrently, after being found guilty Wednesday of three sexually-related crimes against a child.
Victor Manuel Gonzalez was originally indicted by a Nacogdoches County grand jury for five counts of indecency with a child, four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Nacogdoches County Assistant District Attorney Lauren Gaston said the state chose to pursue four of those counts in a jury trial this week in Judge Ed Klein's 420th District courtroom.
"We went forward with three counts of sexual assault involving a child and one count of indecency with a child, and he was found guilty of all but one count of sexual assault of a child," Gaston said. "The judge assessed punishment."
Gonzalez was accused of sexually molested a younger relative for about six years until an outcry was made, according to a probable cause affidavit for his arrest. The girl, who is now 16, was 8-years-old at the time the assaults began.
Because the sentences will run concurrently, Gonzalez cannot be in jail longer than 20 years, but must serve 10 before he is eligible for parole, Gaston said.
"I'm happy about the result (of the trial) for the sake of the child who had to testify in the guilt/innocence phase of the trial, and for the victim's family," she said.