A 36-year-old Mexican national who had been deported at least four times pled guilty to burglary of a habitation with intent to commit indecency with a child and was sentenced to 45 years in prison in a case that concluded in district court in Weatherford on Tuesday.
Israel Andrade was convicted of breaking into a Springtown area family’s home last July and fondling a 9-year-old girl. Andrade, a stranger to the girl, told her to come with him, but she instead ran to her parents’ bedroom and told them there was a man in the house, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain. The girl’s parents searched the home and found a window open and a pair of cell phones and a laptop computer missing.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies followed footprints from the window to a neighboring home. After talking to the residents, who were relatives of Andrade, deputies went to a nearby home. They were invited in and found Andrade asleep in a bedroom with several cell phones in the bed with him. When an investigator had one of the burglary victims call their cell phone number, one of the phones on the bed Andrade had been asleep in began to ring. After they were granted a search warrant, deputies discovered a two pairs of panties in a pair of jeans next to the bed, one belonging to the 9-year-old victim and the other to her mother.
"The quick thinking actions of this brave young girl who decided to run for help rather than follow a criminal’s directions likely prevented this case from being much worse," said Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Catania.
"As a result of his conviction, Mr. Andrade will not be eligible for parole until the year 2037," Swain said. "After that point, his release would be up to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which could choose to grant him early release or keep him for the remainder of his sentence. This defendant also faces federal probation violation charges for illegal re-entry after deportation from a 2011 case. That sentence could run concurrently or consecutively with our charge, in the discretion of the federal judge. He also faces deportation once he is released."
"Though Mr. Andrade will be required under Texas law to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, I don’t really see how that is going to happen since he will be returned to Mexico sometime around the middle of this century," Swain said.