Local man gets 25 years for abuse of a child

A 37-year-old Weatherford man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing an elementary school aged girl on multiple occasions and was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Joaquin Cruz pled guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a young child before 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry.

“The victim’s family was in agreement with the sentence assessed in this case,” said Assistant District Attorney Abigail Placke, who prosecuted the case for the State. “With this sentence, Mr. Cruz will remain in prison until the year 2040.”

“The continuous sexual abuse offense is a very powerful tool for prosecutors,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain. “It allows numerous acts of sexual misconduct to be handled in one prosecution instead of being broken up into several cases. It also carries very strong sentences for the worst kind of offenders.”

“Mr. Cruz is in the United States illegally, so when he completes his sentence, he will be deported,” Swain said.

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