A Scribner man was sentenced in District Court Thursday to 20-30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.
He will also have to register as a sex offender.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office arrested Abran A. Aragon in June for the incident, which occurred in Aragon’s home.
He pled no contest to second-degree sexual assault of a child, a Class II felony, on Nov. 21, 2012.
County Attorney Oliver Glass emphasized that the victim of the crime was a child, and referred to a letter from the victim’s mother.
“She indicates that because of this act, her child’s innocence was stolen, and I think that’s something that the court needs to keep in mind in this case,” Glass said.
“It would be my position that he, as he stated in the (pre-sentencing evaluation) report, experimented with this young lady because she was there and she made some childish type remarks to him … but this is a child, and not to be interpreted as some plaything for one’s sexual arousal,” Glass said.
“If you trim away the fat, and if you just look at what happened, it didn’t just happen on one occasion, he admits it happened on a few occasions,” Glass said.
“In her future relationships, and her relationships with men, and her relationships with authority figures, who knows what can of worms is opened here, but it’s opened,” Glass said.
Aragon’s attorney, Richard Register, said the court-ordered pre-sentencing evaluation indicated Aragon is a low risk to re-offend.
Register said Aragon, at the end of his sentence, intends to live in Colorado to be away from the victim, and pointed out Aragon did not seek to depose the child or put her through a trial, “because he didn’t want the child to be harmed again.”
“He did not put that child through what would have been a horrible experience and probably 10 times more traumatic than the event itself,” Register said.
“I just feel a lot of remorse for what I’ve done,” Aragon told the court.
“Hopefully the child does put this out of her head as long as she goes on through life,” he said.
“I find the conduct to be despicable, deviant and socially inexcusable, and in this case there’s no dispute as to what happened,” Judge Geoffrey Hall said, “… and then I try to balance that against your prior record, which basically is nonexistent. For the most part, in your life you’ve been a law-abiding citizen, and I struggle to find what would lead one person to do this to another, especially a young child.
“I just hope in some way that you realize what problems and harm you’ve brought to this family. … You will have to live with that for the rest of your life,” Hall told Aragon.
Hall said he was encouraged by the efforts the victim’s family is making to help the young girl put the experience behind her, “but that does not diminish the seriousness of this crime or the breach of trust you’ve created.”