A Jefferson Parish jury convicted a former Metairie resident of sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13 Tuesday night, delivering the verdict after three hours of deliberation.
Alejandro Bravo, 45, was accused of fondling the step-granddaughter of a woman he knew on at least three occasions ending in March 2013, when the girl was 7 years old, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Judge Lee Faulkner of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Bravo on May 26. He faces 25 years to 99 years in prison.
During the final incident, the step-grandmother overheard the child tell Bravo to stop touching her and told the girl’s parents, who called the police, Connick’s office said.
Bravo, however, fled and wasn’t located for more than two years, when he was found living in Minnesota in May 2015.
Bravo testified Tuesday the girl, now 10 years old, was “obviously” lying, Connick’s office said.
Assistant District Attorneys Lindsay Truhe and Michael Smith prosecuted the case.