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35 years without parole for child molester

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Ubaldo Zapuche-Landaverde, 37, of Celina, was sentenced to 35 years in prison without parole for repeated sexual assaults of a child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

"The jury made sure he won't be hurting any more children," added Willis.

In September 2014, authorities received a tip that Zapuche-Landaverde was sexually abusing a 15-year-old female known to the family.  Based on the tip, a Sheriff's deputy went to her school to meet with the victim and took her to the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County for a forensic interview.  During the interview, she gave corroborating details of five years of ongoing sexual abuse, starting at age 10, at various locations in Collin County.

Collin County Sheriff's Office Investigator Gerald Burke led the investigation.  He was assisted by Investigator Billy Lanier's interview of Zapuche-Landaverde.

The jury found Zapuche-Landaverde guilty on all counts and sentenced him to 35 years in prison without parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child, 15 years for each of two counts of indecency with a child, and 10 years for the third indecency count.  The sentences are concurrent.

Assistant District Attorneys Zeke Fortenberry and Ryan King prosecuted the case and were assisted by Investigator Greg Bowers.  Senior District Judge Richard Davis presided.