A Chalmette man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting an 8-year-old girl and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Jose Castillo, 46, also must register as a sex offender for 25 years after his release from a state prison and faces a lifetime of supervision, according to Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office.
The victim, now 23, asserted Castillo molested her around 2000, but she delayed reporting the crime almost a decade.
Castillo, a native of Honduras who lived in Old Jefferson at the time of the crimes, was arrested Dec. 28, 2009, but he was released two days later after posting a $100,000 bond. With his plea, Castillo was taken into custody to begin his prison sentence, Connick’s office said.
Judge Adrian Adams of the 24th Judicial District Court accepted the plea and handed down the sentence shortly before Castillo’s trial was set to begin.
Assistant District Attorneys Matt Clauss and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.
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