Trenton man convicted of child sex crimes sentenced to life in prison

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BONHAM, Texas (KXII) -- A Trenton man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday after being convicted Thursday of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Sergio Facundo, (left) appears with a translator in his trial Thursday on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a trial. Facundo was found guilty on Thursday, May 11.

Sergio Facundo, 40, took the stand to testify and he denied allegations that he raped the boy, but it wasn't enough to convince the jury, who quickly came back with a decision.

"I only can respect the decision," said Lee Salas, Facundo's defense attorney.

Salas said he also wasn't surprised.

"When the verdict came out yesterday, I thought, 'Oops, we're in trouble'," said Salas.

"We're doing our very best to make sure that that kind of behavior will not be tolerated," said Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser

The DA's office said the case began with the death of Joel Noria, a 12-year-old special needs boy.

Joel was killed back in 2015 by an SUV while waiting for the bus. That's when Trenton Police launched an investigation into the victim's family and uncovered several allegations of sexual violations.

"His brother is probably better off in the other world," said Glaser. "If there's a ray of sunshine out of that tragedy, it's the fact that this has come to light, we're shining a light on it and we're going to the very best we can to rectify the situation and punish those involved."

Facundo was friends with the boy's parents from their work at Hayes Specialty Machine.

The victim in the case, now an 11-year-old, testified that on three different occasions Facundo forced him to have anal sex with him. The frst time in the boy's home; the second time at Facundo's work; and the third time at Facundo's home after he was playing video games.

Prosectors say his mother once even drove the victim to Facundo's home to be sexually abused.

"The graphic detail, on three different occasions where he talked about the sodomy and how he felt afterwards," said Glaser. "Who do you scream out to when your parents are there, taping your mouth, tying you down, the people that are supposed to protect you, the ones you would expect to cry out to, are there participating?," said Glaser.

She and another of her sons also face charges, and the child's stepfather is already serving 4 years in prison for the abuse.

Salas said he has plans to appeal.



 
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