Weslaco man guilty of infant’s assault facing life sentence

A Weslaco man faces life in prison after being found guilty earlier this month of sexually assaulting an infant nearly two years ago, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office.

Samuel Treviño Liscano, 39, of Weslaco was convicted on Feb. 1 of the aggravated sexual assault of an 8-month-old girl, a charge which stems from an April 14, 2017 incident. A registered sex offender, Liscano will now appear before Judge Keno Vasquez in the 398th District Court on Tuesday, Feb. 26, when he will face an automatic life sentence.

Liscano registered as a sex offender after being convicted in 2009 for indecency with a child by sexual contact, a case out of Cameron County.

“The outstanding investigative work of the Weslaco Police Department and our special crimes prosecutors have ensured that no other baby or child will be victimized by this child predator,” Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. said in the release. “Our prayers are with the entire family and toddler that this horrific crime will not prevent her from having a safe and happy future.”

Assistant District Attorney Marcela Saenz Salinas of the DA’s Special Crimes Division prosecuted the case, according to the release, along with chief prosecutor Hope Palacios.

“Our office thanks the Weslaco police investigators and all the Special Crimes Division staff who worked hard to seek justice and to give a voice to the child victim in the prosecution process,” Rodriguez stated in the release, which went on to characterize the conviction and upcoming sentencing as “a clear example of sending a strong message to the community that we will not tolerate any sexual abuse against children.”