MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who sexually abused a female relative for years starting when she was 5 years old has been sentenced to serve at least eight years in prison.
The New Haven Register reports that 31-year-old Jose Guadarrama was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault on a child less than 13 years.
The West Haven man could spend 18 years in prison if he violates probation.
Authorities say the girl was abused from the age of 5 until she was 12. She said during a victim impact statement that Guadarrama “took away my childhood.”
Guadarrama apologized in court and said he prays the victim can move forward.
A defense attorney says her client pleaded guilty to spare the victim the trauma of testifying at trial.
Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com