'Habitual offender' sentenced to 131 years for child sex abuse
October 23, 2018 10:43 AM
OTERO COUNTY, N.M. - A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to 131 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.
Christopher Mitchell was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor and seven counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree.
The verdict came down after just two days of a jury trial.
According to prosecutors, the Alamogordo Police Department interviewed a mother who believed Mitchell, who was her boyfriend at the time, had been having sex with her daughter.
Two years later, when the child was 17, she came forward saying Mitchell had been sexually abusing her since she was 10.
Under New Mexico law, Mitchell is considered a habitual offender and therefore was given an additional year for each offense.
He will be required to serve 85-percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“Unfortunately, this case is not an atypical case of child sexual abuse. Victims oftentimes choose not to disclose the abuse, or deny the abuse until they are separated from their abusers.” District Attorney John P. Sugg said. “In this case, the victim was separated from Mitchell because he was arrested on other charges allowing her to feel safe and secure enough to disclose the sexual abuse. Thankfully, there were also two dedicated Alamogordo Police Officers, the late-Clint Corvinus, and Detective Kyle Graham, ho recognized something was wrong so they persisted with their investigation. These convictions and today’s sentence would not have been possible without the bravery of the victim and the dedication of those officers.”
Created: October 23, 2018 10:43 AM
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