The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit secured a guilty verdict on Thursday May 26, 2016. The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before their verdict was announced in Judge Leal’s 103rd Judicial District Court.
Fernando Esquivel, 30 years old, was convicted of the offense of: Sex Abuse of a Child: Victim under 14 years old. The abuse started when the victim was in the 2nd grade and continued until the outcry was made when she was in 3rd grade.
The outcry from this victim was made after a counselor from Maggie’s and Monica’s House spoke to her class about “Good Touches and Bad Touches”. Thereafter, the child “outcried” about the sexual abuse to her mother and grandmother. The counselor was able to create an environment for the children where they felt comfortable and confident to talk about these things with their parents or teachers. These presentations have proven effective to make children aware about good touches, bad touches and how important it is to speak out if bad touches are occurring.
I’d like to thank all the counselors and staff and Maggie’s and Monica’s House, who have to deal with these difficult cases on a day to day basis. They have these difficult conversations with children who suffer the repercussions of abuse. Their expertise in dealing with these children empowers them and gives them the courage to “outcry” about the abuse they have suffered.
Prosecuting a child abuse case can be very difficult and emotionally draining, but the Cameron County District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit never waivers from even the most challenging of cases. The Child Abuse Unit was conceived in 2013 and is led by the unit supervisor, Assistant District Attorney Brandy Bailey and her team that consists of Assistant District Attorney Omar Saenz, Assistant District Attorney Melanie Palomo-Zamora, Investigator Eduardo Limon and Paralegal Gabriela Cruz. Child abuse cases require a lot of special work and it is vital for everyone to come together as a team for the safety of our children. Maggie’s and Monica’s House, law enforcement agencies and medical personnel all come together as one with the Cameron County District Attorney’s office to prosecute these cases aggressively for the safety and well-being of the children.
On Friday, May 27, 2016 Fernando Esquivel was sentenced to 70 years at the Texas Department of Corrections