Hilario Santiago, 46, of McKinney, was sentenced to 45 years in prison without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, announced
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Jury trial testimony showed that Santiago lived in the child’s home as a family roommate and had ongoing access to the child. He sexually abused the victim for many years, beginning when the child was 6 years of age. Santiago would pull the child into his bedroom, instruct her to pull down her pants, and abuse the child. After each incident of abuse, Santiago would threaten to kill the child’s loved ones if she told anyone about what happened.
The child eventually told her parents that Santiago had “tried” to touch her and her parents kicked Santiago out of the house. Over a year later, the child told her brother and her aunt that Santiago had done “bad things” to her and the child’s parents called the police.
McKinney Police Department Officer Bruno Sequeira was the first responder and Detective
Jennifer Grounds investigated the case. The victim was forensically interviewed by
Eli Molina with the
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. During the forensic interview, the child gave a detailed account of the abuse.
The jury returned a guilty verdict and Judge
Richard Davis assessed punishment at 45 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys
Geeta Singletary and
Ashley Keil prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigators
Kim Eanes and
Stephanie Strickland and District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator