BONHAM — Sergio Maldonado Facundo will be arguing Friday for the chance to one day live outside of a prison when he takes the stand in the 336th state District Court.

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BONHAM — Sergio Maldonado Facundo will be arguing Friday for the chance to one day live outside of a prison when he takes the stand in the 336th state District Court.

Jurors took a tad over 30 minutes Thursday to convict him of continuous sexual assault of a child in the molestation of a young boy with the apparent blessing of his parents.

While this case, and its numerous companion cases charging similar crimes committed against other children in the same home, deals with sexual abuse, the whole thing started on Sept. 12, 2015 when Joel Noria, 12, was struck and killed by an SUV as he chased a ball across the road in front of his family’s house in Trenton.

Noemi Isobel Noria, the child’s 41-year-old mother; her husband Pedro Noria, 28; and her son, Nelson Rodriguez, 19, all now face charges for sexually abusing the younger children in the family.

The young boy at the heart of this case testified earlier in the week that his parents allowed Facundo to sodomize him on three different occasions. Once at the Facundo home, once at the Noria home and once at the machine shop where the Norias and Facundo worked. The young boy said his own parents went so far as to tie him down on a bed and tape his mouth shut before allowing Facundo access to the child while they watched.

On the stand Thursday, Facundo denied ever sexually assaulting the boy. He said he was never even alone with the child, and he had no idea why the child would accuse him of such a thing. Facundo looked off toward his attorney Lee Salas, as Salas asked him if he had ever seen the child at metal shop in Trenton where Facundo worked with the Norias. Facundo said he had not. Nor, Facundo said, had he ever seen a mattress there, Facundo said when asked about it by Salas. The question came from a statement a therapist had made on the stand the previous day when she was recalling the statements the boy at the heart of the case made.

Fannin County Assistant District Attorney Don Hoover would, in his closing arguments, remind jurors that it was the therapist who talked about a mattress being at the workplace and about a basement at the Facundo home, not the child. The child, Hoover said, was consistent in his statements about the abuse and all its disturbing details.

Hoover also told jurors all about Facundo’s previous conviction of indecent exposure. The prosecutor said that case had been resolved with a plea bargain in 2003. Facundo was originally charged with indecency with a child — exposure but was allowed to plead guilty to indecent exposure in exchange for two years of probation and ten days in jail. The charge came from an incident, the prosecutor said, when Facundo exposed his penis to his neighbor’s child. Facundo’s wife testified that he told her he had been outside drinking and had to go to the bathroom. They had a house full of people and only one bathroom so he went outside, she said. She said he told her he didn’t see the young girl. Facundo testified he only took the plea because there was a possibility that he could go to prison for ten years if he were convicted of the charge.

During his closing arguments, Hoover reminded the jury that the boy’s parents had not protected him from sexual predators and it was up to jurors to protect him now.

Salas said the child’s statements were not consistent. He said it was apparent that a number of people had abused the boy but asked the jury what proof they had seen that his client caused any of that trauma. Salas said the boy was “leaning back basking in the glory” while Hoover asked him questions, but when Salas, “the monster,” took over, the young boy became upset and the smile was gone.

“He didn’t want me near him. Maybe he thought he couldn’t tell me the truth,” Salas said, before telling the jurors the child has been manipulated by the system.

“Can you point a finger at (his client) and say ‘you are guilty’ and then go home and sleep well?” Salas asked the jury. “You are gonna live with this decision the rest of your life.”

“Just because (the boy) is messed up, should we mess up Sergio’s life?” he asked.

Hoover asked the jury what kind of person it takes to be able to do what was done to the boy multiple times. How, he asked, does a person even broach the subject of having sex with a person’s child? Hoover asked them to convict Facundo, and they did.

Hoover presented no witnesses in the penalty phase of the trial.

Facundo’s wife cried as she said she just couldn’t believe the man she has lived with and loved for 18 years could have done the things the jury convicted him of doing. She said she just can’t make herself believe it and that his four children will be missing him terribly.

When Salas tried to ask her about the financial strain losing her husband was going to put on her family, she kept saying the strain was going to be missing Facundo and the love he gave his family.