SAN ANTONIO – A 66-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl was sentenced Tuesday afternoon by a Bexar County jury to life in prison without the possibility of parole, district attorneys said.
The girl, now 11, testified that Elias Juarez sexually abused her from the age of 3 until she was 8 years old.
According to district attorneys, the girl became "overwhelmed with emotion" on the stand when describing the abuse she endured.
The jury also heard from two other victims who are now adults. District attorneys said the victims testified that Juarez sexually abused them as well.
The abuse of the 11-year-old girl came to light after one of the additional victims spoke out. District attorneys said Juarez chose not to testify during his trial.
"This life sentence guarantees Mr. Juarez will never victimize another child," said District Attorney Nico LaHood. "I am proud of our prosecutors for their hard work in presenting the evidence and applaud the jury for giving this child predator the maximum sentence."
It took jurors less than three hours Friday to convict Juarez of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, prosecutors said.