Michael Anthony Moreno pled not guilty to two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, a charge which fetches a range of punishment from 5-99 years in prison.
At the conclusion of the jury trial, the defendant was found guilty of one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 5 years confinement in the penitentiary, which was the minimum punishment.
The victim in this case, who was 13 at the time, told her friends at school that she was sexually assaulted by the defendant. Those friends told the school’s counselor. CPS and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office were then called.
The victim told the counselor, law enforcement, a nurse, and the jury that the defendant held her down and forced her to perform oral and vaginal sex.
A Texas Department of Public Safety forensic scientist confirmed DNA evidence of the defendant in the victim’s underwear.
A jury found Moreno guilty of one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. At the punishment hearing, the jury sentenced him to five years in the penitentiary. Because probation was not an option, this was the minimum punishment.
We appreciate the thorough investigation from Sgt. Investigator Andy Alwine with the Sheriff’s Office. We did not ask for a certain number of years from the jury because we wanted to know what the jury thinks of these types of cases. Juries’ verdicts set the community standard. In this case, the jury assessed punishment at the minimum. We hope that the conclusion of this trial has brought the victim and her family some much needed closure and we wish them well.
— Ashley Knight, Assistant District Attorney
Source: District Attorney’s Office, 119th Judicial District