Man sentenced to 60 years behind bars for sexual abuse of a child

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Luis Fernando Puente will spend the next 60 years behind bars. (Source: Cameron County District Attorney)

One man will spend the next 60 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexual abuse of a child that lasted for several years, according to a release.

A release stated that 27-year-old Luis Fernando Puente was convicted last week of continuous sexual assault of a child and four counts of possession of child pornography.

Back in January, according to the Cameron County District Attorney, Puente turned himself into the Brownsville Police Department and admitted to showing pornography to and repeatedly molesting a young girl over a four-year time span in different counties.

The District Attorney said that an inspection of Puente’s phone by law enforcement, including Brownsville Police and Texas Rangers, turned up several pornographic images of the girl.

On Monday, District Court Judge Adolfo Cordova issued a 60-year sentence on the charge of continuous sexual assault of a child. Cordova also sentenced 10 years on each of the four counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Cameron County District Attorney.

A release added that Puente will serve the sentences concurrently with no possibility for parole.

I want to thank this jury, and those that have served before them, for recognizing that child abuse is a serious problem and among the most heinous of crimes in our communities,” said Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz in a press release, “While the Child Abuse Unit works hard to prepare and present the state’s case against these individuals, it’s a jury of our peers that makes the tough decision to find the defendant guilty or not guilty.

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