Focus at Four: Burleson County man gets probation for sexual assault charge

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BURLESON COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - Probation for a violent rape conviction.

A Burleson County jury recently found a Caldwell man guilty of raping the mother of his child but he won't spend any time in jail. Instead, Gerardo Flores will be on probation for the next ten years and will pay a $7,500 dollar fine. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony that can be punishable by up to life in prison.

Defense Attorney Kyle Davis sent us a statement saying:
"Obviously the jury did the right thing. They were conscientious, they listened to the facts and I believe they deliberated and did what they felt was proper for this case."

Burleson County District Attorney Julie Renken joined us on First News at Four to give her perspective on the case.

"The sentence is disappointing, and it is not the message we want sent for such a violent act." she said in a press release, "I am proud of Erica and Joan and their endless fight for victims in Burleson County. But the sentence shows just how far we still have to go in educating the public on domestic violence and the tragedies we see every day."

According to the district attorney's office, during an interview with police, Flores admitted severely beating the victim, the mother of his children, before forcing himself on her sexually. Flores stated that the sex was consensual, but conceded that the victim may have been too scared to say "no." Flores also took the stand at the punishment hearing and testified that he had assaulted her on numerous occasions during their relationship.

The DA's office said during the trial, the State provided testimony from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Through tears, the SANE described the injuries as some of the worst she'd seen in her career, and that she ordered a CT scan because of the head trauma and potential for bleeding in the brain. Investigators from the Caldwell Police Department described the scene, and the disturbing interview Flores gave.