32 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child


EDINBURG, Texas – A Donna man will serve 32 years in prison on two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child.

51-year-old Celestino Hernandez was sentenced by Visiting Judge Fidencio Guerra on September 23 in the Auxiliary Court.  The two victims were 9- and 12-years old at the time of their assaults. Hernandez, who pleaded guilty to the two charges, will serve two 32-year sentences to run concurrently in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The assaults occurred in 2017 and 2018. The case was prosecuted by Special Crimes Division Chief Hope Palacios.

If you suspect child abuse please report by calling 1-800-252-5400.  The hotline is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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