Hays County Jury Sentences Child Sexual Assault Defendant To 99 years In Prison

Hays County Jury Sentences Child Sexual Assault Defendant To 99 years In Prison

Late Wednesday, June 5, 2019, after a near-two-week trial, Reymundo Montiel, Jr., age 41, was convicted by a Hays County jury of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Indecency with a Child and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Montiel’s trial began on May 28, 2019, on an indictment charging two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, first degree felonies, and two counts of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact, second-degree felonies, for acts committed against two child victims. He was convicted on all four counts.

The two child victims testified the defendant began sexually assaulting them while they were asleep.

When confronted, the defendant confessed to the victims’ mother after he believed he had impregnated one of the girls.

He then fled Texas in the summer of 2015 and returned to Illinois where he committed, was convicted of, and sentenced to prison for Aggravated Battery before being extradited back to Hays County in March 2018, to face the pending changes for which was convicted and sentenced.

Montiel had previously been convicted of Aggravated Battery four other times between 1995 and 2005, in Illinois.

As a habitual felony offender, Montiel was eligible for a minimum punishment of twenty-five years up to life in prison.

Late on June 5, 2019, the jury sentenced Montiel to 99 years for each of the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child counts and 60 years for each of the Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact counts, to run concurrently.

Hays County Criminal District Attorney Wes Mau would like to thank the brave victims and their family who never gave up on justice; the San Marcos Police Department officers and detectives who investigated the case; and former Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (“HCWC”) forensic interviewer, Vanessa Paulini, and HCWC counselor Ashley Rios who testified during the trial.

Mau would also like to thank Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Katie Arnold and Trey Thompson for obtaining justice in this case. Mau noted “Without persistent and brave victims willing to tell their stories and jurors willing to hear them, we cannot obtain justice.

These victims got the justice they deserve, and in doing so, put a child predator where he belongs.”


 

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