Mexican national, 53, is sentenced to life in prison without parole for sexually assaulting family member, 13, ‘beginning when she was 8’: Molester was arrested in Texas after victim’s mom saw his reflection on TV screen groping the girl
- Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child
- Lubbock, Texas, jury sentenced Delossantos-Narvaez to life in prison without the possibility of parole
- Prosecutors said Delossantos-Narvaez began sexually abusing family member when she was 10, and perhaps as young as eight
- Girl’s mother went to the police after catching a glimpse of Delossantos-Narvaez’ reflection on a TV screen groping her daughter
- In one instance, Delossantos-Narvaez allegedly molested child in the kitchen while her family were watching TV in the living room
- Delossantos-Narvaez is a Mexican national and faces immigration charges
A Mexican national has been sentenced in Texas to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old family member from the time she was at least 10 years old, and possibly even younger.
Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, was convicted in Lubbock on January 12 of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child.
On Thursday, Delossantos-Narvaez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after just 20 minutes of deliberations.
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Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, has been found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole
Prosecutors said during closing arguments last week that the victim was perhaps as young as eight years old when Delossantos-Narvaez would enter her room and molest her, reported Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The case against Delossantos-Narvaez began unfolding in 2019, when the victim’s mother caught a glimpse of his reflection on a TV screen groping her daughter.
Following his arrest, Delossantos-Narvaez was interviewed by police and admitted to sexually abusing the victim, claiming that the incidents took place between December 2018 and January 2019.
During the man’s four-day trial last week, the victim, who is now 13 years old, took the stand and testified that she had been subjected to sexual abuse at the hands of the defendant on multiple occasions, but she was unable to pinpoint a date when the abuse began.
The girl told the court she believed the molestation began sometime after she turned 8 years old.
But a nurse who examined the child testified that the girl had told her Delossantos-Narvaez began abusing her after her 10th birthday.
Lubbock County Assistant District Attorney Cara Landers told jurors that in one instance, the victim recounted how Delossantos-Narvaez was groping her in the kitchen while the rest of her family were watching movies in the living room.
The man’s defense lawyer, Jesse Mendez, conceded that his client was guilty of indecency with a child, but he argued that prosecutors failed to demonstrate that at least two instances of sexual abuse had taken place at least 30 days apart, which is required to prove continuous sexual abuse.
Prosecutors said Delossantos-Narvaez began sexually abusing a young family member when she was 10, and perhaps as young as eight
The girl’s mother went to the police in 2019 after catching a glimpse of Delossantos-Narvaez’ reflection on a TV screen groping her daughter
Mendez painted the victim’s testimony as unreliable because she could not tell jurors with certainty when the abuse began.
Prosecutors asked the jury to sentence Delossantos-Narvaez to life in prison without parole, arguing that it was ‘the only way to assure that this can’t happen again to her or to another child in Lubbock or in any other location.’
Delossantos-Narvaez was given a life sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child and 20 years in prison for indecency by sexual contact with a child younger than 14 years-old, which will run concurrently.
The 53-year-old Mexican citizen is also on hold for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and may face additional charges.