MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Convicted child rapist Julian Gutierrez, 26, received to five life sentences for his repeated rape of his five-year-old stepdaughter. The abuse occurred in Nevada, Texas in Collin County.
The victim’s six-year-old brother told jurors that he knew something “nasty” was going on inside the bedroom where Gutierrez would take his sister. He says he tried to see inside the room, but that Gutierrez locked the door, closed the curtains and turned off the lights. He also testified that he could hear the bed “crunching” and Gutierrez breathing “like he was hot.”
Prosecutors say the abuse continued for a full year and didn’t stop until the victim’s brother told his dad that he didn’t like it when Gutierrez would take his sister into the bedroom. Over the course of the abuse, the victim suffered trauma to her vaginal area, which prosecutor say is rare in child sex abuse cases.
It took jurors only an hour to return a guilty verdict on two counts of aggravated sex assault of a child, two counts of aggravated sex assault of a child under six, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Jurors took just 30 minutes to decide on a life sentence for each conviction. The five life sentences will run concurrently. Three of the life sentences offer no parole eligibility.
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