Harlingen man sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of a child

Harlingen man sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of a child
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:21am

It took a jury less than 30 minutes to find Harlingen man Hector Vargas-Hernandez guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and just one hour to sentence him to 40 years in prison.

The victim, now 15, stated that the abuse occurred over several months when she was 10 years old. Vargas-Hernandez,45, was the landlord of the Harlingen apartment complex where she and her family resided.

He would threaten the victim with eviction if she were to tell anyone about the abuse.

“Because of Jessica’s Law enacted in 2007, this monster will remain in prison with no opportunity for early release,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said. “Many thanks to the jury for sending a strong message that Cameron County doesn’t tolerate crimes against children.”

Child Abuse Unit Prosecutor Nathaniel Navey and Assistant District Attorney Arturo Teniente prosecuted the case in the 404th state District Court.

The Child Abuse Unit was created by District Attorney Saenz in 2013 and has been successful with prosecuting individuals who commit horrendous crimes against children.

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