A man convicted of raping and sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl will serve more than a decade behind bars.
Judge Cheryl Higgins sentenced Hector “Perez” Vazquez on Tuesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court to an active prison sentence of 10 years and nine months on charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery.
Albemarle police Detective Chuck Marshall testified that police were called to a home near Commonwealth Drive for a report of an 8-year-old who had been sexually assaulted. A portion of Marshall’s interview with Vazquez at the police station was played in court that referenced how many times Vazquez had sexual contact with the girl.
Police have said the girl told her mother about the abuse. Authorities said Tuesday that the girl suffered vaginal trauma as a result of the assault.
Vazquez, 28, pleaded guilty last year to aggravated sexual battery and entered an Alford plea to rape. The Alford plea means that Vazquez is maintaining his innocence while admitting that there is enough evidence to convict him.
Through an interpreter, Vazquez said he felt bad about what he did.
“I would like to be able to go back in time and not do the things I’ve done …,” he said in court.
The judge suspended 20 years of Vazquez’s total sentence on the rape charge and 10 years from the battery charge. Upon his release, Vazquez must serve two years of supervised probation and be on good behavior for 30 years.