A verdict has been reached in the disturbing case of a minor sexually assaulted by a man she knew.
Atriko Hewinin has been found guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and terrorizing in the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.
In a release, Assistant Attorney General Christine Tenorio, prosecutor for the case, said: “The young victim got her much deserved day in court and her voice was heard. Against pressure and odds, the victim showed courage and was able to share her story with the jurors.”
Hewinin faces up to eight years for the sexual assault charge and up to five years for terrorizing.
He still needs to answer to charges of sexual assault of another minor. That trial is still pending. The victim was 4 years old at the time of the incident.
Police discovered the little girl in an abandoned structure wearing only a shirt and appeared to have blood dripping down her legs.
A witness in the case told police that Hewinin was seen standing over the bed where the little girl was and had a blanket wrapped around his waist. Police found him hiding in the jungle.
As for his recent conviction, a sentencing date is pending.