Victor Moreno Colunga, 42, was found guilty Wednesday and sentenced to the maximum of 20 years in prison (not probated) and a fine of $10,000 for sexual assault of a child, a second degree felony — the child who was his 15-year-old stepdaughter at the time of the offense.
The crime carried the range of punishment of two-20 years, or 10 years probated and a fine if the jury chose to do so since Colunga had no prior felony convictions.
The assault occurred in 2005, which resulted in a pregnancy. The victim gave birth to a daughter in May 2006.
Before closing arguments, Colunga’s mother took the stand to defend her son stating that it was all a lie and her son did nothing wrong. However, it was proven that the victim’s daughter was indeed fathered by Colunga.
“This defendant stole from this girl the magical moment of love for her baby because she knew she was the product of this man,” District Attorney Alan Nash said in his closing statement. “We need to do what we can do, which is hold this man accountable. We can be sure while he’s in jail that he doesn’t have access to any young ladies. Is violating a young girl something to bargain a number over? We need a maximum sentence.”
The victim, who gave powerful testimony Tuesday, ended the trial with a statement she read directly to Colunga.
“I have finally received justice, but I can’t ever forgive you,” she stated. “I am no longer scared of you and though going to jail is nothing compared to what you did to me, justice is justice.”