San Augustine Co. man accepts 5 years probation for sexually assaulting girl

San Augustine Co. man accepts 5 years probation for sexually assaulting girl

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - According to court records, a San Augustine County resident accepted a plea bargain deal of five years of probation for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in December 2013.

East Texas News learned Friday that Christian Rios, a Mexican citizen, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of injury to a child on Feb. 18. When San Augustine County Sheriff's deputies arrested Rios in May 2014, he was originally charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault of a child charge.

"She is very bothered, and this has caused her a lot of hurt.  It changed her life forever," said a family member of the victim. 

"I hate this happened. I have girls myself, but this plea was the best way I knew there could be some kind of justice. I take responsibility for the decision I made," said J. Kevin Dutton, the San Augustine County District Attorney.

A family member of the victim said she doesn't understand why they were asked if the sentence was appropriate, if their opinion didn't matter.

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office said in a previous story that, based on what the girl told SACSO investigators, Rios forcefully sexually assaulted the girl.

Cunningham said they also did all they could do in the lengthy investigation, but the family said no jail time and a small fine doesn't feel like justice.

Cunningham said that Rios is an acquaintance of the girl's family.

In addition to the original aggravated sexual assault charge, Rios was also charged with a probation violation out of Shelby County.

Rios's probation was revoked for another charge, possession of a controlled substance, on Jan. 28. He was sentenced to six-months of state-jail confinement, according to court records.

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