A Roswell man was convicted Thursday by a plea of no contest to charges related to having sex with his two foster daughters.
Fermin Sigala, 49, was convicted by plea of no contest on two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree of children, ages 13 to 18, for sexually offending on two of his foster daughters, according to a press release from the Chaves County District Attorney’s office.
The case was heard in Fifth Judicial District Court.
A “no contest” plea under New Mexico is the equivalent of a guilty plea, the release states.
As part of a plea deal Sigala reached with the state, he will be sentenced between six to 12 years incarceration for the first count and 10 to 15 years in the second case, the press release. The sentences will run concurrently for a total of between 10 to 15 years.
The prosecution and defense will argue to the court to sentence Sigala within that range. Sentencing is scheduled for April 4 at 3 p.m.
Upon completion of his sentence, Sigala will be subject to sex offender probation for no less than five and no more than 20 years, sex offender parole of no less than five years up to life and sex offender registration requirements for life, according to the release.
After receiving a change in plea, Judge James Hudson ordered that Sigala attend a 60-day diagnostic evaluation through the Department of Corrections.
Assistant District Attorney J. Michael Thomas said the plea agreement “was made with the approval of both victims and is a fair resolution given that the defendant had accepted responsibility before the victims had to testify at trial.”
The state’s other evidence included text messages between Sigala and the younger of the two victims — which the prosecution said were sexual in nature — and the younger daughter’s bed sheets that the prosecution said had DNA which matched that of the defendant, according to the release.
The Affidavit for Criminal Compliant stated that one of Sigala’s young daughters told police in April 2018 that he had been sexually assaulting her since she was 8 years old.
In May, one of Sigala’s other daughters went to police and said she had also been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by her foster father.
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