NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County jury found a man guilty of molesting a young girl in October 2013 and giving her a sexually transmitted disease. A short time later in the day Wednesday, they sentenced him to 30 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.
Jose Ignacio Lopez' jury trial was held in Judge Ed Klein's 420th Judicial District Court. The jury found him guilty of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child, and they are now deliberating his sentence, according to prosecutor Andrew Jones.
"I told the jury they should start with life and figure out why he shouldn't get that," Jones said.
Jones said Lopez will have no possibility for parole because the victim was under the age of six.
Lopez was originally charged with two felonies - aggravated sexual assault of a child and injury to a child.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the victim's mother reported the incident to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 13, 2013 after she noticed that something was wrong with her daughter.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said the child has contracted the STD as a result of the sexual assault and is receiving medical attention for it. The child said Lopez had sexually assaulted her.
The sheriff's office conducted a blood test on Lopez and determined he gave her the STD, which allowed them to charge him with a count of injury to a child.