Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually molesting 6-yea - WSMV News 4

Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually molesting 6-year-old

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A former Lebanon, TN, resident has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for two counts of production of child pornography, according to a news release.

Edwin Velasquez Curuchiche, 40, of Guatemala, was sentenced on Friday after he plead guilty to the charges in February.

“The defendant’s conduct here is among the most egregious that I have ever seen,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith. “It is almost unimaginable that an innocent child and her family were subjected to such horrific acts by an intruder who masked himself as a family friend.

“The sentence ultimately imposed by the Court should ensure that the defendant never has another opportunity to victimize another child.”

According to court documents, Curuchiche lived in a trailer park in Lebanon and in 2015 he befriended a family who lived nearby.

During the course of several months, Curuchiche established a relationship with the family and their three children, which included a 9-year-old boy, a 6-year-old and an infant.

Curuchiche gave them video gaming systems and other electronic devices, taught them how to play the games and offered to play with them when their father was not home.

In September 2015, Curuchiche used a ruse to trick the mother into letting him borrow her house key, after which he copied the key without her knowledge, before returning it to her.

On Sept. 23, 2015, Curuchiche snuck into the family’s home during the night and recorded himself sexually molesting the 6-year-old girl while she slept. Again on Oct. 1, Curuchiche snuck into the home and recorded additional videos of himself sexually molesting the child as she slept.

On Oct. 29, 2015, the family returned home after a trip to the store. After entering the home, the daughter went to her bedroom to get a toy. Curuchiche was hiding under the bed and tried to grab her by the arm and quiet her to play a game on a cell phone, which he had previously given to her.

The girl ran to her parents and the father found Curuchiche hiding in his daughter’s bedroom closet, where he held him until police arrived.

Court documents show that Curuchiche was arrested in June 2013 when he entered the United States illegally. He failed to appear for an immigration hearing and was living in the United States unlawfully when he committed the crimes.

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