San Antonio, Texas, May 4, 2016: Yesterday, a Bexar County jury in the 379th District Court sentenced Ivan Sanchez, age 42, to 50 years in prison; additionally, jurors assessed three 20-year sentences. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time. On Friday, Sanchez was found guilty of one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and three counts of Indecency with a Child by Contact.
In November 2005, the victim made an outcry to a relative detailing the sexual abuse she endured by Sanchez. The girl, now an adult, told jurors Sanchez sexually assaulted her for several years, beginning when she was 9 years old. In addition, a second victim testified during the punishment phase that Sanchez had made sexual advances towards her when she was 13 years old. Sanchez was originally convicted and sentenced by a jury to 28 years in prison in 2009. The Court of Appeals ordered a retrial due to evidentiary matters.
Sanchez had previously been to prison for a drug charge. At the time of his arrest for the sexual assault, he was on probation for assaulting the victim’s mother. Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Indecency with a Child by Contact is a 2nd degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Stephanie Boyd, Clarissa Fernandez, and Daryl Harris prosecuted the case against Sanchez in the 379th District Court.