CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) - A 28-year-old Cedar Park man is getting 25 years in prison without parole for the continuous sexual abuse of two children.
Hector Trujillo Rodriguez pleaded guilty Tuesday, charged under a relatively new law passed as part of Jessica's Law in 2007 - creating the new offense of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The law creates a no-parole punishment range of 25- to 99 years or life in prison if a person sexually abuses one or more children throughout a period of more than 30 days.
In January 2010, an 8-year-old girl told her mother during a visit to a medical clinic in Austin that Rodriguez, a family member, had been sexually abusing her.
Officials said they immediately arrested Rodriguez because they were concerned he would flee to Mexico, since he is not a legal resident of the United States.
A month later, the mother was talking to her 6‐year-old daughter about "good and bad touches" when that child told her Rodriguez had sexually abused her.
Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley said it's important for parents to have these conversations with their children.
"Parents need to have frank talks with their children," said Bradley. "This protective mother identified the abuse early, preventing this sex offender from possibly continuing the abuse for years."
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