LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Earlier this week a Lubbock man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after he raped an 11-year-old girl last summer.
It was July 17, 2008, when police received a call that an 11-year-old girl was attacked in her home. Police say Francisco Rodriguez broke into the young girl's home and sexually assaulted her.
On Tuesday Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was sentenced by a judge to 35 years for aggravated sexual assault of a child. "Any sentence for aggravated sexual assault specifically of a child is defined of an offense, you are not considered for parole until half a sentence has been served," said Prosecutor Jennifer Bassett.
Because of prior jail time, Rodriguez will be eligible for parole in 16 years. He will be 52. "There was evidence in the court regarding prior convictions and a criminal history that was put forth in front of the court in this case," said Bassett.
According to court documents, in August of 2001 Rodriguez had a felony conviction for burglary of a habitation and his third DWI, which then becomes a felony.
Rodriguez was convicted twice of assault against a family member in both May of 2005, and November 2007. He was out on bond for the 2007 conviction, when he raped the 11-year-old girl.
Earlier this week, Bassett argued Rodriguez deserved a life sentence.
Tuesday the young victim took the stand to describe exactly what happened on that day back in July of 2008. "These kind of cases especially when you have sexual abuse of a child, it doesn't matter how old that child becomes it's a lifetime affect for that child, it's a lifetime affect for that child's family this is not something that even with the sentencing it never goes away," said Bassett.
Rodriguez is currently in the Lubbock County Jail, and is now a registered sex offender.
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