A Kennewick man was sentenced to one year in county jail for sexually assaulting a grade-school girl several times.
Jesus M. Torres-Nuno, 31, pleaded guilty June 30 in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree child molestation.
On Tuesday, Judge Robert Swisher said Torres-Nuno can do the time on work release and serve his sentence in the Benton County jail if he is eligible under that facility’s rules.
Otherwise, he will have to sit out his sentence in the Franklin County jail.
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Torres-Nuno originally was charged with three counts of first-degree child rape. He had no applicable criminal history.
Pasco police were called in February 2014. Officer Trever Sweeney responded and found a young girl visibly shaking and crying, obviously scared and upset, court documents said.
She had just told her mother that she had a secret involving Torres-Nuno.
In a later interview with a child-victim advocate, the girl described Torres-Nuno’s actions as starting with inappropriate touching and escalating to rape. She said it happened between September and November 2013, documents said.
Torres-Nuno did not talk with police after his arrest. He has been ordered to have no contact with the girl for five years.