A Hood County jury gave a 23-year-old man 10 years’ probation and a $1,000 fine on Sept. 28, one day after convicting him of sexual assault of a child, District Attorney Rob Christian said.
Federico “Freddy” Cruz, 23, of the Whippoorwill Bay subdivision north of Granbury, was convicted in connection with an incident last summer when the female victim was 14 or 15 years old, Christian said.
But Cruz may not end up spending much more time in the United States. It’s likely he will be deported back to Mexico by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to Christian.
“When Cruz was arrested, officers determined that he was (an) illegal alien, who had been previously deported in 2009. Cruz also had a pending misdemeanor DWI charge,” Christian said. “Federal immigration authorities have placed a hold on Cruz to prevent his release from the Hood County Jail.
“After he disposes of his misdemeanor DWI, Hood County will release Cruz to the federal authorities for deportation. This time, because Cruz should be deported as a convicted sex offender, he would commit a separate federal crime if he again re-enters the country.”
The district attorney said investigators received reports earlier this year “that Freddy Cruz was having sex with teenage girls in the area and providing them drugs. The investigation confirmed that Federico Cruz had committed the offense of sexual assault.”
Christian noted that the jury heard testimony from the victim and an investigator. For the punishment phase, the jury heard testimony from members of Cruz’s family, plus a probation officer.
“The probation officer explained that if Cruz is deported, he cannot comply with the conditions of probation,” Christian said.
The jury deliberated several hours before making its decision, Christian said.
“The immigration issues and the relative ages of the victim and the defendant complicated the punishment decision,” Christian said. “I am satisfied that the jury resolved these issues in a thoughtful manner.”
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