Mexican National Gets 35 Years for Lewd Conduct with a Minor

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A Mexican citizen will spend up to 35 years in jail for having sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl.

Gerardo Contreras, 28, was sentenced Dec. 8 for the act, which took place in 2011. The victim is the daughter of Contreras' then-girlfriend. According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, Nampa and Caldwell law enforcement performed a joint investigation and obtained a felony warrant for Contreras' arrest in 2013, but he was deported to Mexico for an unrelated crime before he could be arrested.

After re-entering the United States illegally, Contreras was arrested again and was served the January 2013 warrant. Contreras has also been fined a civil penalty of $5,000 and must pay court costs, as well as register as a sex offender, submit DNA to the Idaho database and have no further contact with the victim. 

He will have to serve at least 10 years in prison before being considered for parole.