In 2007, after Hurricane Katrina, Hector being a Skilled Roofer, took a job in Louisiana with a Local Contractor to help Rebuild the Hurricane Ravages. He took his wife, his step -daughter, (whom he ALWAYS cared for like she was his own flesh & blood), and their daughter & moved there.
In Feb 16, 2009, his step-daughter, got mad at him because he told her she could not wear make up to the previous weekend Mardi Gras parade, being she was only 11, he felt that was inappropriate for an 11 year. She threw a BIG fit, threw herself down on the ground & went to school & accused him of “inappropriate” touching. When she arrived at home that day, she went to his bosses house to the bosses wife who sometimes kept the children after school & made the statement “Can I call my friend, I said something I shouldn’t have at school”. It is not known what was said to the friend, although a notebook was found later that she & her friend doodled in that had pictures of men’s privates & things like “men rule, boys drool”. It is suspected that the two girls got together and made a story up because she was mad at Hector.
Hector was charged with aggravated rape, (due to the “victims” age, NO penetration was done), the “victim” was not even taken to a doctor for examination until over 5 months later. Needless to say, there was no physical evidence, and it remains to this day, 8 years later, STILL no physical evidence, just the accusation.
Hector was kept in the Parish, (County) jail. from April 18, 2009 until his “trial”, Dec 20, 2014, well over 5 years! The only reason he was taken to “trial” then, was because in January a new Head DA was to take office after the previous one had to resign after 30 years because of Corruption, (imagine that), the new DA, ironically at one time was assigned to Hector as his Counsel, but was taken off because someone decided he, (Hector), could understand English & didn’t need a Spanish speaking Atty.
After a 5 day “trial”, and it should be noted here that Louisiana is one of only 2 states that the Jury does NOT have to be unanimous, meaning 12 out of 12 does not have to agree, I think it is either 8 or 9 out of 12 for a conviction. During the “trial” a week before Christmas, only 2 defence witnesses were called, even though Hector had others who had personal knowledge about the accusations & the “victim”, they were not called to testify, the States “experts” were called BEFORE the “victim” gave her testimony. one of the Jurors had baby sat the assistant DA trying the case, (she had no business on the jury), also during the “trial”, other people, not having anything to do with the Jury or trial, was seen going in & out of the Jury room. Also note that the “trial” ended the Friday before Christmas. The Jury was in a hurry to get out & go Christmas shopping.
Ultimately, he was found guilty of the Charge & sentenced to Life w/o Parole, (he was NEVER offered a plea deal), which is the sentencing guideline in Louisiana there was nothing the Judge could do to give a lower sentence. What the actual accusation was, is that he “licked the victims butt-crack”, like I said, there was NO penetration, no DNA and how is that to be proved?
Other things to note on this case, he was supposed to be indicted according to Louisiana Law within 120 days, yet he was not until 125 days later, but yet the paperwork had that date crossed out & re dated to reflect indictment at 118 days. Hector did file a Speedy Trial Motion, needless to say nothing was done on that. He also filed a Bond Reduction, that was dismissed due to being “moot, as the individual was not in jail”, yes he was!! He has never been released from jail since his arrest. Also, there are several instances in his file referring to him with the incorrect name.
The defense the Attorney on this case, he was appointed by the Public Defenders office, I guess one would say a “Contract” Attorney. Who did NOTHING!! Just kept continuing the case until the Assistant DA figured they better do something before the NEW Head DA took office in January.
The Attorney was even told that the “victim” had told a family member she did not want to testify, his response was “don’t get in the middle of it”