HAYS COUNTY, Texas — On Wednesday, Reymundo Montiel Jr., 41, was convicted by a Hays County jury of aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
His trial began on May 28 after an indictment charging two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, first-degree felonies, and two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, second-degree felonies, for acts committed on two children. He was convicted on all counts.
During the trial, the two victims testified that he assaulted them while they slept. When he was confronted, officials said he confessed to the victims' mother that he believed he had impregnated one of the girls.
Montiel fled Texas in the summer of 2015 for Illinois, where officials said he committed, was convicted of, and sentenced to prison for aggravated battery. He was extradited back to Hays County in March 2018.
Hays County officials said Montiel had previously been convicted of aggravated battery four other times between the years of 1995 and 2005 in Illinois. As a habitual offender, he was eligible for a minimum punishment of 25 years to life in prison.
Hays County Criminal District Attorney Wes Mau thanked the victims and their family for not giving up on justice, the San Marcos Police Department, the former Hays-Caldwell Women's Center forensic interviewer and the center's counselors, who testified during the trial. Mau also thanked assistant criminal district attorneys Katie Arnold and Trey Thompson.
“Without persistent and brave victims willing to tell their stories and jurors willing to hear them, we cannot obtain justice," Mau said. "These victims got the justice they deserve, and in doing so, put a child predator where he belongs.”
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