Sherman man sentenced to life for aggravated sexual assault of a six-year-old

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A Sherman man accused of being in the country illegally has been sentenced to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child in Grayson County.

Nehemias Rivas-Ramirez won't be eligible for parole until he's served 30 years.

Prosecutors say a six-year-old victim reported that Rivas-Ramirez had sexually abused her.

They say that child gave very detailed statements and they got the defendant to confess during a Sherman police interview.

They also say Rivas-Ramirez tried to blame the six-year-old for initiating the assault.

"Child abuse awareness month is April. Certainly, being able to put a child predator away for a minimum of 30 years is a good start, and sends a good message to anyone who may want to harm a child," said district attorney Brett Smith.

Prosecutors say Rivas-Ramirez is in the country illegally and will likely be deported if he's released on parole.

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