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.
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.
Department Officer Bruno Sequeira
was the first responder and
investigated the case. The victim was forensically interviewed by Eli
with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.
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.
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 Susanne Riggs.