LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 38-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain deal of 25 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for sexually assaulting a young girl multiple times at many different locations, including a church parking lot.
Jose Francisco Barron Villafana pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. As part of the plea bargain deal, the state dropped the second charge that Barron-Villafana had been indicted for - continuous sexual assault of a child.
Barron-Villafana appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Monday morning. During the plea bargain hearing, Inselmann told Barron-Villafana that he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Inselmann also said that Barron-Villafana will most likely be deported after he serves his prison term, and he will never be allowed to be an American citizen.
Barron-Villafana was arrested in July of 2014. In addition to his felony charges, Barron Villafana was also arrested on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement charge and a misdemeanor traffic charge.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the victim's mother came to the Lufkin Police Department on July 22, 2014 and told officers that her daughter had been in a sexual relationship with a man. She said that on that day, she went into her daughter's room and found her on a cell phone even though the girl wasn't supposed to have a cell phone.
The mother looked through the cell phone and realized that her daughter and Barron Villafana had been communicating via text messages, the affidavit stated.
"[The mother] stated that after reading the messages, it was clear that [her daughter] and Barron had entered into an inappropriate relationship," the affidavit stated.
The mother later found a hand-written letter talking about the relationship and the fact that the victim was pregnant, the affidavit stated.
When the girl was interviewed at Harold's House on July 23, she told the forensic interviewer that Barron-Villafana was her boyfriend and had been for some time, the affidavit stated. The victim allegedly told the interviewer that she and Barron-Villafana had sex with her in her bed in June 2013 and on a couch in the residence in January 2014.
According to the affidavit, the victim told the interviewer that their third sexual encounter occurred in May 2014. The girl said after her mother dropped her off at church, she met with Barron-Villafana in the parking lot and had sex in the back of his truck.
The affidavit stated that Barron-Villafana was arrested for no driver's license when he was en route to his home in the 3500 block of Oak Wood Drive on July 23. He was taken to the Lufkin Police Department for questioning in the sexual assault case.
Even though Barron-Villafana admitted that the relationship was improper and that he he knew that he would get caught eventually, he entered into the relationship with the girl, so he could "remove her from the abusive relationship she had with her parents," the affidavit stated.
According to Texas law, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sex.