(McKINNEY, Texas) -- Leonardo Hernandez, 49, of Plano, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison for the sexual assault of a child, announced
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Hernandez owned a landscaping business and employed the victim, a 15-year-old boy, as a landscaper. Hernandez began offering the victim money and beer to spend time with him. Eventually, Hernandez requested to perform a sexual act on the victim and said he would pay him as well. After Hernandez had supplied the victim with beer, the victim allowed Hernandez to perform the sexual act on him.
Several months later, the victim reported the offense during a counseling session while incarcerated at the Collin County juvenile detention center, which eventually led to charges being filed by the Plano police. Detective Beth Chaney investigated the offense.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for sexual assault of a child. During the sentencing phase of trial, the court heard testimony from a young man whom Hernandez had solicited for sexual favors when the man was between the ages of 12 and 15.
Judge Chris Oldner sentenced Hernandez to 16 years in prison out of a possible 20 years.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Sarah Preston and Cynthia Walker prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Mike Smith.
This new release is distributed on behalf of the District Attorney; please refer any questions to Bill Dobiyanski, 972-548-4335.