Pharr man gets 30 years in prison on child sexual assault charges

Abraham Arriaga Martinez

A Pharr man who a jury found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child was sentenced to 30 years in state prison, according to a news release from Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez’s office.

State District Judge Fernando Mancias, who presides over the 93rd state District Court, handed down the sentence last week on Abraham Arriaga Martinez.

The sentencing hearing came two months after a Hidalgo County jury found the 30-year-old man guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, the release read.

Arriaga Martinez, a Mexican national residing in Pharr, was originally arrested by Pharr police in May 2017, roughly a month after the alleged incident took place, jail records show.

Police were called to an elementary school in Pharr on April 25, 2017, after the victim’s mother reported that her son had made an outcry against Arriaga Martinez, who had access to the victim.

The woman told police that after returning from a trip to the hospital with her sick 2-year-old daughter, her son told her that Arriaga Martinez had touched him inappropriately on at least two occasions, the complaint against Arriaga Martinez read.

During the trial, the state was represented by lead prosecutor Marcela Saenz Salinas, an assistant district attorney in the Special Crimes Division; while ADA Denise Santa Ana served as co-counsel on the case stemming from the sexual assault of two young boys, the release read.