By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - A 63-year-old Killeen man convicted of molesting a 14-year-old girl was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.
Robert Tafoya was taken into custody at the Bell County Jail Monday following the pronouncement of sentence by 426th District Court Judge Fancy Jezek. He had been free on $100,000 bond after spending one day in county jail in 2009.
Tafoya pleaded guilty to second-degree felony indecency with a child Dec. 13. He will be eligible for parole in 7½ years, according to Assistant Bell County District Attorney Stephanie Newell, the prosecutor in the case.
Tafoya had no plea agreement with the DA's office. He could have received up to 20 years in prison.
Killeen police arrested Tafoya in November 2009 after a girl who had lived in his home reported to authorities he had molested her several times. The girl told police Tafoya would often touch her inappropriately during car rides, according to an arrest report.
In a report to the court, a representative of Victim Services from the Bell County division of Community Supervision and Corrections Department determined the victim had suffered mental trauma from incidents of sexual molestation with Tafoya.
She has since been diagnosed with stress disorder and defiant disorder, has been prescribed anti-depressants and has the mental level of a child aged 7 or 8, according to the report.
The report states Tafoya would often use molestation as a form of punishment against the victim. When taken from his custody, the victim reported being terrified that Tafoya would locate and hurt her for turning him in to police.
According to an arrest affidavit, Tafoya admitted to inappropriately touching the 14-year-old while he drove her to and from school.
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