Fresno County child molester gets life in prison
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno County judge got emotional as he sentenced a man to a life sentence for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl, then trying to kill her.
Victim's mother: "Your honor, I would like to tell you how it has affected me, what Juan Gomez Jimenez did to my daughter."
Through her tears, and through an interpreter, a Fresno County mother told a judge Friday how her family has been destroyed by the events of Christmas Eve 2008.
Victim's mother: "When I'm alone, I can't even go outside. I live in fear that something might happen again to my children."
The woman's 4-year-old daughter was found naked and partially buried in a hole in the ground near Raisin City.
Juan Gomez Jimenez pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the little girl and trying to kill her.
The girl is disabled and couldn't let anyone know what was happening.
Victim's mother: "My daughter was unable to defend herself because she can't speak nor can she walk."
In recently filed court documents, Gomez-Jimenez claimed he didn't do anything wrong, even though he pleaded guilty to the crimes.
Judge Arlan Harrell called the lack of remorse "pathetic." And he showed some emotions of his own as he handed down the sentence and mentioned the possibility of parole.
Judge Arlan Harrell said, "I suspect there are a lot of people hoping you will never have that opportunity and you will never have another opportunity out on the streets again and victimizing another helpless child."
Gomez-Jimenez will serve two terms of life in prison, but he's eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
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