Monday, June 15, 2009

Jerry Ochoa Arrested for Sexually Abusing Child

A McAllen resident stood in district court Friday on allegations that he sexually abused a young girl several times during a year-long period.

A grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment against Jerry Ochoa.

Ochoa, 33, allegedly fondled and raped a girl younger than 14 years old several times between April 2007 and July 2008, according to the indictments filed in his case.

The indictments charged Ochoa with continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

It is the policy of The Monitor to not identify alleged victims of sexual abuse.

McAllen police arrested Ochoa on the sexual abuse charges on Aug. 28, 2008. He was released from the Hidalgo County Jail after posting a $100,000 bond about three weeks after his initial arrest, court documents state.

Ochoa was arraigned on six additional charges stemming from the grand jury indictment Friday in the 332nd state District Court. His bond was set at $85,000 for the six felony charges.

Ochoa remained at the Hidalgo County Jail on Monday afternoon. A pre-trial hearing in his case is set for June 29.

He could face up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine upon conviction on the continuous sexual abuse or aggravated sexual assault of a child charges. The indecency with a child charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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