Silverthorne man sentenced to 20 years in child assault case
A Silverthorne man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted on child assault charges.
Francisco Fuentes Godinez, 41, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony. On Nov. 3, Godinez was sentenced to the maximum number of years given as part of a plea deal, plus five years of mandatory parole.
Godinez was originally charged with one count each of felony child sexual assault with a pattern of abuse, child sexual assault from a position of trust and sexual assault on a child under the age of 15.
Those charges were dropped when Godinez accepted a plea deal extended by the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office that stipulated he plead guilty to one count of child sexual assault and face a penalty stipulation of 15 to 20 years.
Deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle later said his prosecution team extended the plea bargain to avoid the risk of a trial and to save the child victim from having to relive her experiences in court.
The girl’s parents were present at Godinez’ sentencing, Prindle said.
“It was pretty emotional,” he said. “It was a disturbing case.”
Godinez was arrested in March after emergency room doctors at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center called the Silverthorne Police Department to investigate a possible sexual assault of a 9-year-old.
Upon the officers’ arrival, doctors told them the victim was displaying symptoms consistent with a sexually transmitted disease, according to court records.
During an interview with representatives from the department of social services, the victim described occasions, dating back more than a year, in which she was allegedly assaulted by Godinez, records stated.
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