Trial Begins for Border Patrol Agent Accused of Soliciting a Minor


POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:05am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 1:45pm

Intense moments inside the 197th District Court today as the alleged victim took the stand.

Francisco Villanueva’s Defense Attorney, Noe Garza, questioned the teen about the alleged sexual relationship. In phone records, obtained by the district attorney's office, Garza claimed the teen called Villanueva more than 100 times in one day.

“Isn’t it true that on July 21, 2008, you called his number 156 times? I don't remember. I just know that I’d talk to him and I’d call him. Sometimes he wouldn't answer. I’d leave messages with songs but I don't remember how many calls I made. I don't remember.”

Later on in the testimony, Garza asked the teen to count the times she called the defendant during the month of July of 2008. In those phone records, it showed the girl called Villanueva dozens of times on separate occasions and not once did she receive a call back from the defendant.

“How many times did the xxx-xxxx number call you back? None. I’m sorry? None.”

But prosecutor Pete Gilman painted a much different picture for the jurors.

“Between July 14, 2008 and July 31, 2008, there's a 108 minutes of airtime between you and Mr. Villanueva.”

He went on to say the defendant and the teen talked for over two hours in August, a half hour in September and for nearly an hour in the two months that followed, and those conversations were sometimes held in the middle of the night.

But the defense claims those airtime minutes don't necessarily mean the pair ever had a conversation.

"If you're leaving messages on his phone, if you're leaving songs on his phone, that's airtime that's going to be spent.”

The teenager also told the court she sent three pictures to Villanueva, pictures from the waist up, nothing too revealing.

“Why did you send him the picture? I don't know. Did he ask you for them? No sir. You just decided to send them? Yes sir.”

The 36-year-old was arrested last year when the girl's mother made the outcry to authorities after she found her daughter's diary that contained revealing information about the alleged sexual relationship.