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Former Big Spring Detective sentenced to 20 years behind bars

Joel Rojo (Source: Big Spring Police Department) Joel Rojo (Source: Big Spring Police Department)
BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) -

A former Big Spring Detective has learned his sentence after being found guilty last Thursday.

Joel Rojo has been sentenced to a total of 52 years behind bars. However, his sentence will be served concurrently with the highest sentence being 20 years behind bars. Howard County District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson sayssaid Rojo will have to serve at least 10 years before he's able to apply for any kind of parole.

We're told that Rojo will also have to register as a sex offender. 

As we've reported, Rojo was found guilty of charges including indecency with a child by sexual conduct, sexual performance by a child, indecency with a child by exposure and attempted indecency with a child by exposure.

Court documents said back in 2015, Rojo attempted to take pictures of a child's private area and this all happened while he was investigating three separate cases. The indictments said Rojo took each of the three victims between the ages of 12 and 14 to a secluded parking area. He would then try convincing each one to expose themselves. 

High profile attorney Gloria Allred attended the trial representing "Linda," a family member of one of the victims.

"We are very happy with the verdict, this is one step in the closure and I ask you to pray for these girls, the victims, because they have a long way to go," said Linda. 

Wilkerson is also pleased with the sentencing term.

"It has been a long time," said Wilkerson. "These cases came to light in August 2015 and you look at today, it's two years later. It's been a long long process and we're greatly relieved it's come to a conclusion."

Allred said the victims are pleased with the sentencing but many questions still remain.

"It's just something that should never happen again, it's the ultimate betrayal. How could this happen? These are questions that need to be answered, so that it can never happen again," said Allred. 

Before the sentence came down many friends of Rojo testified in his favor,  that's when Wilkerson asked to shift the focus.

"A lot of the testimony consisted of, 'Oh he's a good guy, oh he did a good thing for me, oh he's a good police officer.' That's fine," said Wilkerson. "But the evil that he did far outweighs the good that he did while he was serving."

Rojo was handcuffed and taken to jail. In the next 90 days it'll be decided where he'll serve his time. 

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