Child predator gets life in prison without parole

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Miguel Castellanos, 44, of Plano, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.  

"Children everywhere are forever safe from this predator because these brave children found the courage to tell a family member about his terrible and repeated abuse," added Willis.

In March 2017, one of Castellanos' victims (age 13) told her mother that Castellanos sexually abused her beginning when she was nine years old. The mother reached out to family and through their discussion another victim (age 16) came forward. Both victims' mothers reported the abuse to law enforcement.

Plano Police Department Detective Kristina McClain investigated the case. Both victims were forensically interviewed by the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County and out-cried in detail about specific sexual assaults by Castellanos.   

The jury returned a verdict of guilty for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and assessed punishment at life in prison. By law, a sentence for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is without eligibility for parole. Judge Richard Beacom presided over the trial.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Katherine Nolden and Ann Martin.  They were aided by District Attorney Investigators Stephanie Strickland, Michael Coleman, Greg Bowers, Victim Assistance Coordinator Stacey Taylor, and Legal Secretary Christy Ware