The day before a 24-year-old Pasco man was set to stand trial for allegedly having sex with a preteen girl, he decided to take a deal and plead guilty to indecent liberties with forcible compulsion.
Jesus Gallegos was charged in Franklin County Superior Court with three counts of second-degree rape of a child for having sex with a girl who said she was 13, court documents said.
Gallegos at the time was 22, and the girl was actually younger, documents said.
If he had been convicted as charged, Deputy Prosecutor Teddy Chow planned to recommend a minimum sentence of 171/2 years for count one and nearly six years each for the other two counts.
With his guilty plea, Gallegos now faces a minimum sentencing range of five years and seven months to seven years and three months.
He could, however, spend the rest of his life in prison because his ultimate release will be up to the state's Indeterminate Sentencing Board. Gallegos' sentencing was set for Oct. 9.
Pasco police were called by the victim's parents after they intercepted text messages from Gallegos to their daughter, documents said.
The girl admitted she slept with Gallegos in her bedroom while her parents were asleep, documents said. He apparently climbed in the window.
Pasco man pleads innocent to alleged assault on girlfriend
A 34-year-old Pasco man pleaded innocent to allegations that he strangled his girlfriend after an argument when she said she wanted to see other people.
Jose Alfredo Guterriez faces a Nov. 21 trial in Franklin County Superior Court for second-degree assault.
He is accused of assaulting his girlfriend of two years at a home at 1819 W. Irving St. on Aug. 22.
Pasco police were called at 10:20 p.m. after the victim reported she had been assaulted, documents said.
She said they were arguing and Guterriez got "extremely upset" when she said she wanted to see other people, documents said.
She went to bed and at some point Guterriez came in and punched her in the face, knocking her off the bed, documents said. She hit her head on a weight bench.
Guterriez then allegedly grabbed her and began to strangle her until she started to lose consciousness. He apparently let go of her neck, grabbed her leg and pulled her out of the bedroom into the living room, causing rug burns.
In the living room, Guterriez threw her phone and purse into the front yard, then grabbed her by the ankle and forced her outside, documents said. He then reportedly dared her to call the police.
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