A 46-year-old Springtown man pled no contest to an indecency with a child charge and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in a trial that concluded in district court in Weatherford on Thursday afternoon.
Saul Romero Vazquez, Sr., elected to have District Judge Craig Towson assess his punishment after entering his plea to the offense. Vazquez was accused of touching the breast of an 11-year-old Springtown girl while making sexually explicit comments as they were riding on a go-cart last May, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who tried the case for the State.
“The little girl who was the victim in this case along with her parents knew and trusted the defendant and he violated their trust in about the worst way that you can,” Swain said. “She was very afraid and was crying when she told her parents what had happened to her moments before. As a result of what Mr. Vazquez did, this 11-year-old girl is now withdrawn and very guarded in her relationships with both men and boys.”
Vazquez, who has admittedly been living illegally in the United States for the past 26 years, was intoxicated at the time of the offense, Swain said.
The defense called several witnesses who all testified that Vazquez was a hard worker who provided for his family and was a good father. They described the hardships that Vasquez’ family has undergone since he has been incarcerated.
“You have ruined several families in this case because of the choices that you have made,” Towson said as he was pronouncing Vazquez’s sentence.
After sentencing, the victim’s father read an emotional victim impact statement to Vazquez in which she said:
“The world is full of sick people and, unfortunately, you are one of them. I hope that you stay in jail for a long time. I never want to see you again.”
“Vazquez will be eligible for parole when he has completed half of his sentence,” said District Attorney Don Schnebly. “When he is released on parole, he will face deportation proceedings.”