Man arraigned on sex charge faces life if convicted

Jaime Soto Rubalcada Jr

EDINBURG — A 26-year-old San Juan man accused of holding a relative at knife-point during a sexual assault will receive an automatic life sentence if convicted.

Jaime Soto Rubalcada Jr. entered not guilty pleas Monday morning to charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, prohibited sexual conduct and failure to comply with sex offender registration.

Rubalcada is facing enhancements in the four-count indictment against him that trigger the automatic life sentence on the charge of aggravated sexual assault, according to court testimony.

Those enhancements include convictions for aggravated sexual assault of a child, aggravated assault and failure to register as a sex offender.

This isn’t the first time Rubalcada has been accused of a sexual assault.

Texas Department of Public Safety records show Rubalcada was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in August 2010.

Those records indicate he served two years and two months in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for the conviction.

A probable cause affidavit for the man’s most recent arrest in July alleges he sexually assaulted his relative, who refused to smoke marijuana with him.

He’s accused of becoming upset and slamming the relative, causing pain to their neck and head.

The probable cause affidavit states that Rubalcada pulled out a sliver pocket knife and threatened the relative with death if his demands were not met.

The relative was cut on the wrist and left ankle and forced to undress before the sexual assault, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During the course of the investigation, a San Juan police officer learned that Rubalcada had moved in with the relative for two weeks and found that he failed to register at the address as a sex offender.

The alleged assault took place after Rubalcada and the relative left downtown McAllen.

Rubalcada has also been convicted for a violent aggravated assault from April 2015.

The three-count indictment in that case charged him with stabbing a woman with a screwdriver and threatening two men with the tool Dec. 22, 2014.

Jail records show he has also been charged with burglary of habitation, burglary of a vehicle, theft of property, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

He remained jailed on a total of $400,000 in bonds on the new charges as of press time Monday, which stem from July of this year.

mreagan@themonitor.com