Predator convicted and sentenced
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Humberto Lopez-Martinez, 41, of Richmond, was charged and convicted of sexually assaulting a youngster over a two year period beginning when she was only 11 years old. According to evidence, the assaults began in early 2010 with inappropriate touching, escalating to sexual assault not long after. The child victim did not reveal the attacks because threats Lopez-Martinez made, telling her he would hurt her or other family members if she did not keep their secret.
According to testimony, on two separate occasions, Lopez-Martinez struck the child in the mouth because she was crying and threatened to tell someone what he was doing to her.
In June of 2012 when Lopez-Martinez was no longer able to get to the child, within about 3 weeks she confided in her aunt about the abuse. Investigations were initiated where upon evidence of continued sexual abuse of a child was confirmed.
At trial, the young victim testified before a jury and her abuser about the many years of sexual abuse she endured at the hands Humberto Lopez-Martinez.
“That little girl was so brave and so strong to endure the abuse in order to, in her mind, keep her family safe,” said Assistant District Attorney Jill Stotts, “And then again to tell her story to keep other children safe from the same sexual abuse that she had suffered. She is a hero,” Stotts said.
The jury in this case deliberated less than two hours. They sentenced Lopez-Martinez to 38 years in prison without the possibility for parole.
Assistant District Attorneys Jill Stotts and Lisa P. Gregg prosecuted the case. Attorney Sid Crowley represented Lopez-Martinez.
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