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Sherman man sentenced to life for child sex abuse

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Nehemias Rivas-Ramirez pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child. (Grayson County) Nehemias Rivas-Ramirez pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child. (Grayson County)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A Sherman man who was accused of being a child predator could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Nehemias Rivas-Ramirez, a 39-year-old undocumented immigrant, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison and a $5,000 fine. He waived a trial and all appeals.

Rivas-Ramirez won't be eligible for parole for three decades.

"This, I think, is a good start for us," said Grayson County District Attorney J. Brett Smith. "Certainly being able to put a child predator away for 30 years... a minimum of 30 years... is a really good start to that."

In the summer of 2018, a six-year-old girl told a relative she had been sexually abused. The relative reported the incident to police.

The girl was interviewed at the Grayson County Children's Advocacy Center.

"The child made very detailed statements in the outcry," Smith said. "Most detectives and seasoned prosecutors know when you watch that kind of interview and you see the kind of detail that a child describes, that this is something they've experienced first-hand."

A representative from Child Protective Services determined that the child could not go back to home of Rivas-Ramirez. 

Sherman police then arrested him.

"Oddly, but not highly unusual, the defendant in this case attempted to blame the victim for initiating the sexual activity," Smith said. "This is a victory for us because the young victim doesn't have to deal with the additional trauma of having to come into the court room and testify."

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month in Texas. The district attorney hopes this sentence will scare anyone who is even thinking about harming a child.

"It sends a good message to those people in Grayson County that may want to harm a child," Smith said. 

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