Fort Worth man gets life for sexual assault of 5-year-old neighbor

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FORT WORTH -- A jury convicted a Fort Worth man of sexually assaulting his 5-year-old neighbor and sentenced him to life in prison on Thursday.

It took the jury just 26 minutes to hand down the maximum punishment to Luis Ramirez Ruebas, 40, on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

On Dec. 23, 2011, the 5-year-old told her mother that it hurt to go to the bathroom.

The girl also told her mother that Ruebas, who lived across the street from the family, had pulled down her pants and touched her while she was at his house playing with his children, a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office said.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, jurors heard that Ruebas also abused a niece and nephew who are now adults, but who came forward after learning that Ruebas was arrested for sexually assaulting his 5-year-old neighbor, the release said.