Man guilty of molesting 11-year-old
A Filipino man has pleaded guilty to molesting his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
Baldomero R. Jumaguit, 44, of The Philippines, was indicted Dec. 6, 2012 on the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He pleaded guilty Monday, July 29, in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court and received 10 years probation and a $500 fine. Jumaguit must also register as a sex offender.
According to prosecutors familiar with the case, the girl was molested while her mother was at work and her baby brother was asleep. The prosecutor went on to say the plea deal is typical for families who refuse to put their children on the stand to relive their ordeal and that the woman has filed for divorce.
During his sentencing, Judge Stevens had harsh words for Jefferson County’s newest sex offender.
“You did not give this child an opportunity to walk away. In your predatory act, you didn’t give this child a chance to salvage her innocence,” Stevens said. “You took something from her that she can’t ever have back.”
Having relied on her stepfather financially, Stevens said he hoped the girl would recover from her sexual abuse.
“Hopefully she will be able to move on with her life and put your evil act behind her,” Stevens said. “But I’m sure she will have times throughout her life where she will have to recall this terrible event.”
Speaking through a translator, Stevens made sure to get through to Jumaguit, sentencing him to the most jail time he could under the plea: 180 days.
“It’s hardly a loss for you compared to what this child lost by your disgusting acts of cowardice and indecency,” Stevens said. “You understand what I’m saying? You are a disgusting human being for what you did.”
If he violates his probation, Jumaguit is looking at the full punishment of his crime, according to prosecutors.
“If he violates it, he’s looking at anything from five to life,” the prosecutor said.