Jury sentences man to life in prison for sexual abuse of a child

Cameron County DA's Office
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 9:20am

A jury sentenced Francisco Matamoros, 43, Monday evening to life in prison for continuous sexual abuse of a child with no possibility for parole.

The victim, now 16, stated that the abuse began in 2007.

Matamoros, a Harlingen resident, was found guilty Friday of one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child .He was sentenced to life in prison for continuous sexual abuse of a child and 20 years for each count of sexual assault of a child. Matamoros was additionally fined $10,000 for the two counts of sexual assault of a child.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office was successful in utilizing Jessica’s Law that was enacted in 2007. The Law, named after Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida girl who was sexually battered and murdered in 2005, allows for some of the nation’s harshest punishments for individuals committing continuous sexual abuse of a
child.

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