Aristeo ‘N’, the priest of Juarez City who raped a eight year old girl While she was an altar girl in her church, she was finally sentenced for three years of child abuse.
For the crimes of rape aggravated and sexual abuse aggravated, the priest was sentenced to 34 years, 10 months and five days in prison.
After being found guilty in the past 23 of February, the clergyman must pay 59 thousand 129 pesos for the concept of reparation of the damage against the minor.
According to the investigation, at the end of December 2015 and in January 2018, the violations were perpetrated. While in September 2016 sexual abuse occurred.
So the Trial Court in Ciudad Juárez, determined that the penalty was established as follows: 11 years one month for each act of rape plus six years 4 months sexual abuse committed against the girl.
Considering the totality of the custodial sentences imposed, they add up to a grand total of 34 years, five months and 10 days in prison, which must be completed in the penitentiary establishment that the executing authority decides for this purpose with payment to his favor for the entire time that the precautionary measure of preventive detention that he has set lasts, since his freedom has been restricted since February 9, 2019, “explained the rapporteur judge, Florina Coronado.
However, this penalty will be appealed by the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Women, since the agency considers that this sentence is not enough and should be greater.
For its part, the defense of the priest will also appeal the sentence because they consider it “very severe.”
It is a penalty, we consider it very high, severe, we are going to present the corresponding appeal and it simply has not ended, “said Jorge Soto, the cleric’s lawyer.
In accordance with Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Mexico ranks first in complaints against priests for sexual abuse in Latin America.
In February 2019 alone, the Network of Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Priests of this country, declared that it had handled 550 cases of sexual abuse.