La Joya man gets 32 years for continuous sexual abuse of a child

A Cuban man living in La Joya was sentenced to 32 years in prison Monday for sexually abusing a child for two years.

Pedro Enrique Barzola Garcia, a 42-year-old legal permanent resident of La Joya, had been accused of sexually abusing the victim from the age of 10 to 12 years old, according to a Hidalgo County news release. He was convicted by a jury Friday.

Judge Letty Lopez of the 389th state district court handed down the sentence earlier this week.

Garcia was convicted of one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, two counts of aggravated assault of a child, one count of indecency with a child that involved sexual contact, and one count of indecency with a child related to exposure.

His sentence comes without the possibility of parole.

“The Special Crimes Division collaborated with a team of law enforcement investigators, forensic nurses, child protective services, and victim advocates to bring justice for the child victim,” Special Crimes Division Chief Hope Palacios, the prosecutor in the case, stated in the release.

Authorities encourage those who suspect child abuse to call (800) 252-5400, which is available 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.