Gerardo Flores, 26, of Caldwell, was convicted by a Burleson County jury for Aggravated Sexual Assault Wednesday. After a hearing before the same jury on Thursday, the jury assessed punishment at 10 years probation and a $7,500.00 fine. Because of his conviction, Flores will have to register as a sex offender.
At trial the victim testified that Flores had thrown her on the ground, crushed her face into the floor, and dragged her by her hair into the bedroom, where he forced himself on her sexually. She told the jury she feared that saying no to Flores would get her killed.
During an interview with police, Flores admitted severely beating the victim, the mother of his children, before forcing himself on her sexually.
Judge Reva Towslee Corbett presided over the trial in the District Court. Assistant District Attorneys Erica Morgan and Joan Scroggins represented the State at trial, and Kyle Davis, of Bryan, represented the Defendant.
District Attorney Julie Renken said that the probated sentence is disappointing, and that it is not the message we want sent for such a violent act. She added that the sentence shows just how far we still have to go in educating the public on domestic violence.