Pedro Hernandez Munoz was sentenced Monday to 22 years in state prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in 2010, according to the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office.
The 58-year-old Parma man, guilty of felony lewd conduct with a minor under 16, won't be eligible for parole until he's served 10 years. Munoz also was ordered to register as a sex offender and pay the victim a $5,000 civil penalty. He is prohibited from having contact with the victim.
Judge Bradly S. Ford said Munoz's victimization of the developmentally delayed child was "despicable," according to the prosecutor's office.
"I have an obligation to make sure you don't do this to anyone else," Ford said in sentencing Munoz.
The crime occurred Dec. 31, 2010, the prosecutor's office says. Munoz encountered the girl when she was visiting a friend's house.
He touched the girl inappropriately, then followed her into a bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her. The victim immediately disclosed what occurred, and a sexual assault kit recovered Munoz's semen. Munoz fled the area after the crime and wasn't apprehended until two years later. He told investigators that he didn't touch the girl and never had sex with her.
Today the Court sent a message to Defendant and others, said Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said in a release. This particular offense is so egregious because the impact on victims is lifelong and extreme. Prison ensures he is punished appropriately.