After pleading guilty to second-degree sex abuse, a Hubbard man was sentenced March 7 to 40 months in prison.
Jose de Jesus Villa-Reynaga, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree sex abuse, first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and delivery of marijuana to a person under 18. Charges of first-degree rape (two counts), first-degree sodomy (two counts), strangulation and another count of second-degree sex abuse were dismissed.
Judge Courtland Geyer sentenced Villa-Reynaga, who does not have any criminal history, to the three years and four months of prison, also stipulating that he have five years of post-prison supervision and that he register as a sex offender. During his probation period, Villa-Reynaga is not to possess any controlled substances or alcohol, must take a sex offender treatment program and is restricted from leaving the state without written permission, among many other stipulations.
Villa-Reynaga was arrested Aug. 26, 2016 by Hubbard police. Though the victim, who is under the age of 16, is also from Hubbard, Officer Grady Nelson said after the arrest that she had not met Villa-Reynaga before he allegedly contacted her through Snapchat, a social media platform that allows users to send video and pictures that automatically delete after a few seconds.
In August, Nelson issued a warning for parents that's still relevant today: Realize that "stranger danger" is still relevant to teenagers.
"My biggest advice to instill in parents is be aware of the communication their children are having," he said. "Talk to their kids about strangers. It's so easy for people to reach out with social media these days. The most important thing parents can do is communicate with their kids."
Note: The story has been updated to reflect corrections made to the sentencing time amount. The article had previously incorrectly stated the defendant was sentenced to 20 months in prison. It should have said 40 months. We regret the error.