Dan Parsons, Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), November 30, 2010
The oldest of three suspects accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in their care faces 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty Monday to one felony charge related to the crimes.
Tito Ubaldo Guirao-Aguilar, 39, was convicted in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court of a single count of aggravated sexual battery. Prosecutors dropped two counts of attempted forcible sodomy and one attempted rape charge as part of the plea agreement.
The plea was negotiated to “save a 6-year-old child the trauma of testifying in court,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Sandy Conyers told the court.
Guirao-Aguilar faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine when sentenced Feb. 23.
Guirao-Aguilar, who does not speak English, entered his plea through a translator. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, he said little during the hearing, answering questions with one-word responses.
During questioning from Circuit Court Judge Samuel Powell, Guirao-Aguilar admitted he was not a citizen of the United States and that he had only a ninth-grade education.
Samuel Eli Jacobo-Guirao, 19, and Daniel Elios Jacobo-Guirao, 17, both of whom are related to Guirao-Aguilar, also are charged in the assaults. Daniel Jacobo-Guirao is being tried as an adult. Samuel Jacobo-Guirao has requested a mental evaluation.
The three men lived in a Merrimac Trail apartment with the 6-year-old victim, who police believe was repeatedly sexually assaulted.