A jury sentenced a Roswell man to seven years in prison Wednesday for criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13.
The sentencing of Jesus Castillo, 27, came after a two-day trial in Fifth Judicial District Court, according to a press release from the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office. The seven-year sentence handed down was the maximum penalty Castillo could face under the law.
“This case is a good reminder that children don’t always come forward right away and the person who can hurt them is not some stranger off the street but someone in their own house,” said Deputy District Attorney Emily Fry, who prosecuted the case against Castillo.
The charges against Castillo stem from a May 2016 incident in which Castillo inappropriately touched a minor while staying at the house of a family member of the victim.
According to an affidavit from a criminal complaint filed with the Magistrate Court of Chaves County, the minor said Castillo had also touched her on one other occasion.