Parma man sentenced to prison for lewd conduct with a minor under sixteen
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Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor announced today that Pedro Hernandez Munoz, 58, of Parma, was sentenced by Judge Bradly Ford on Monday for felony lewd conduct with a minor under sixteen.
Munoz was sentenced to 10 to 22 years in prison. The State had requested 10 years to life. Defense attorney Greg Ferney asked the court for less than 5 years fixed, and left the indeterminate portion of the sentence to the court’s discretion.
Munoz was also ordered to register as a Sex Offender, pay the victim a $5000 civil penalty, and have no contact with the victim.
The crime occurred at on December 31, 2010 in Nampa. The victim, a developmentally delayed 14-year old girl immediately reported the attack. DNA testing revealed a match with Munoz, investigators said.
Muonz fled the area and was apprehended two years later.
“We have a 58 year old man engaging in what appears to be an aggressive pursuit of sexual intercourse with the victim who was 14 years old. Not only do we have a victim who is vulnerable because of her age, she has disabilities which added to her vulnerability,” Judge Ford said at sentencing. “Mr. Munoz, your victimization of this minor delayed child is despicable. I’m not sure why you are unable to perceive this; I have an obligation to make sure you don't do this to anyone else.”
“This is a vulnerable child and the defendant played upon that vulnerability. Then instead of taking accountability for his actions, he fled,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erica Kallin. “The sentencing today sends a message that if you victimize a child, eventually you will be held accountable.”
“Today the court sent a message to the defendant and others,” said Taylor. “This particular offense is so egregious because the impact on the victim is lifelong and extreme. Prison ensures he is punished appropriately.”