Man pleads guilty to molestation of 12-year-old

Fransico Antonio Pacheco-Ortiz

A Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a young girl who later became pregnant.

Francisco Antonio Pacheco-Ortiz, 26, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Feb. 28 for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.

Ortiz pleaded guilty in exchange for 10 years probation.

“So you think you can have sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old child on multiple occasions and walk out with probation?” Judge Layne Walker asked. “Is that what you’re thinking?”

Previous reports that Ortiz fathered the 12-year-old victim’s child, according to a probable cause affidavit, turned out to be untrue, as it was revealed Monday, Dec. 9, that DNA results found the child did not belong to Ortiz.

The affidavit said Ortiz began a sexual relationship with the 12-year-old victim on or about February 2012 during a “casual relationship” with the child’s mother over the course of almost two years. Despite claiming to not know the child’s age over the two-year period, Ortiz admitted to a consensual sexual relationship Monday in Walker’s 252nd Criminal District Court.

Ortiz’s defense argued that because Ortiz didn’t know the girl’s age and wasn’t the father of the 12-year-old’s baby, Walker’s court should consider these mitigating factors that led to the plea deal.

But Walker wasn’t about to let Ortiz go without some admonishment.

“You’re 13 years older than she was. She’s a baby,” Walker said. “You’re a grown man. You had sexual intercourse with her how many times?”

To which Ortiz replied “Two or three times.”

After Ortiz’s guilty plea, Walker took Jefferson County’s newest sex offender into custody to serve 180 days in the Jefferson County Jail before beginning his probation.

Ortiz must also register as a sex offender.

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