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FROM THE blotter

Thursday, July 25, 2013 Medina Valley Times Page 21

Judge hands down 50-year jail sentence for man convicted of continual sexual abuse of three children under age 14 Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After being found guilty by a jury on June 18, Mario Josue Quintero, 27, was sentenced to 50 years in the Texas Department of Corrections for one count of continual sexual abuse of a child that included three children all under the age of 14. The sentence came after a daylong hearing that involved testimony from a child victim, Bianca now 12, who was not included in the original charge, her licensed clinical social worker Pennie Robertson and the forensic interviewer Katie Dillon for the prosecution. During the testimonial, all said that the outcry was delayed, but Robertson and Dillon both said that the delay was entirely normal for a child in this situation. “Because [her abuse] was [for] an extended period with someone she knew and trusted and she felt a lot of shame and guilt, she was not going to tell every-

thing for fear and several other reasons until she felt comfortable,” Robertson said. Quintero lived with Bianca and her family as the boyfriend of Bianca’s mother with the children who were involved in this case. “We all liked him, but then he would hit my mom,” Bianca said. “He did many things that made us not like him.” Bianca said that Robertson was the only one she felt comfortable making her outcry to this past May after it was made clear that there was a good chance that he would go to jail for a long time. “I pretty much figured that he was going to go away from a long time and he [wasn’t] going to do anything to me anymore,” she said. “He said he was going to hurt my mom and that made me really sad.” According to Bianca, Quintero first asked if she wanted to be his girlfriend to which she agreed.

Robertson said that dur- and he said that he was ing the outgoing to be cry, Bianca her boywas visibly friend,” shaken and Robertson was crying said. “And throughout. she innocent“ S h e ly thought, said that it ‘OK,’ and at all started the beginwhen she ning they was about would hold eight years hands when nobody was old and her around and stepfather it was their asked her if secret. Then she wanted it turned a boyfriend QUINTERO into a little and she bit more, thought that

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case. In the end, the defense requested that Quintero receive the maximum sentence of life in prison for the crimes he was convicted of by a jury, while the defense requested the minimum 25-year sentence. “You got to hear from Bianca today, who’s 12, that this abuse had been going on for a couple of years and when you put the two timelines together of the children that the jury got to hear from and the child you heard from today, there is no doubt that he started on one and moved to the next and continued the movement all the way to his own daughter,” Assistant District Attorney Julie Solis said. “These children will be affected for the rest of their lives due to what Quintero did to them.” Ultimately, the judge decided to sentence Quintero to 50 years in prison and assessed a $10,000 fine, the maximum available.

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was OK with it because she trusted him, in her words.” The relationship went on further as she grew older and when she said she did not like having intercourse with him, he would threaten to hurt her younger siblings. Along with the witnesses brought up by the prosecutors, the defendants brought up Quintero’s pastor, two brothers and father to the stand to testify as to Quintero’s character. “As a father it really hurts me to see him in this situation and of course as the children’s grandfather, I feel that without having any say so in this or having been accused of anything in this, they have also taken my grandchildren away from me,” Mario Quintero Sr. said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t kneel and ask God for his mercy.” Quintero took to the stand last and maintained his innocence to the judge before the closing arguments from both sides. An appeal has been filed in this

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