A Westminster man pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor Monday morning.
Gerson Adonias Rosales, 24, of unit block of Ward Avenue, was given 10 years, suspended all but time served, by presiding Judge Thomas Stansfield.
As part of the plea deal, the state entered a count of second-degree assault and a count of third-degree sex offense as nolle prosequi, or abandoned by the state.
Rosales originally planned to go through with a jury trial Monday morning but agreed to a plea deal. He declined to speak during the court hearing.
By going with a plea deal, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office did not have to put the juvenile victim on the stand, according to a news release from the office.
"Child Sex Abuse matters are always difficult cases to prosecute, especially when the child victim is so young. In agreeing to this plea, we had to balance the need to successfully prosecute the Defendant against the harm that would be caused by requiring an 8-year-old child to resurrect and testify to a traumatic incident that occurred four (4) years ago," State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said in the release.
On July 30, Rosales digitally penetrated a 4-year-old girl before asking her to touch him sexually. She refused and fled to her mother, telling her what Rosales had done. Rosales was known to the child and the mother prior to the incident, Senior Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Roscher said during the hearing.
The victim's family confronted Rosales, who admitted to the sexual abuse, Roscher said. He then fled Carroll County, according to the release, and was arrested in February, almost four years after the incident, according to previous Times reporting.
Upon his release from the Carroll County Detention Center, where he's been held since February, Rosales will be put on five years supervised probation. As part of his probation, he is to have no contact with the victim or her family. He will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender.
The Department of Homeland Security lodged a detainer to keep Rosales at the Carroll County Detention Center. He is subject to being deported, according to the news release.
If Rosales is deported, he is not allowed to return to the United States as part of a special probation condition. If he does return, he can be charged with violating his probation.
Rosales was represented by Laura Kelsey Rhodes.