NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 27-year-old Nacogdoches man accepted a plea bargain deal of 40 years in prison Thursday morning for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.
Jairo Alejandro appeared in Judge Ed Klein's 420th Judicial District Court for a plea bargain hearing. As part of the plea deal, Alejandro pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge.
Andrew Jones, an assistant prosecutor for Nacogdoches County, said the victim was 5 years old when the sexual assault occurred in September of 2015, making it a "more egregious crime." As a result, Alejandro will have to serve every day of his 40-year prison sentence.
Alejandro will be 67 when he is released from prison in 2056, Jones said.
"This is a horrendous crime perpetrated by a selfish individual who had no regard for the fact that he took the innocence of a 5-year-old little girl," Jones said. "The District Attorney's Office would not have been able to effectively do our jobs if it wasn't for the victim's family having the courage to see this through to the end and the excellent work performed by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Department's deputies and investigators."
According to the probable cause affidavit, the incident occurred on Sept. 19, 2015. At about 1 a.m. that day, two Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies talked to a complainant who said that Alejandro had sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl.
The complainant told the deputies that Alejandro had been seen "suspiciously moving the child from one bedroom and into another room," the affidavit stated. The complainant noticed signs that the little girl had recently been sexually assaulted.
Sheriff Jason Bridges said that his deputies set up a forensic interview and a SANE exam for the victim at Harold's House.
During the investigation, deputies went to Alejandro's home to interview him but he was unresponsive. Deputies determined Alejandro had attempted to harm himself, so they called EMS and he was taken to a Nacogdoches hospital and later released.
On Saturday evening, deputies obtained a warrant for Alejandro's arrest and found him trying to hide from them on Lanana Street.
Bridges said Alejandro confessed to the crime, as well as to another sexual assault that occurred several months prior to the sexual assault of the 5-year-old girl.
At the time of his arrest, Alejandro was also charged with Class A misdemeanor failure to identify.