A district court judge suspended the jail sentence for a Killeen man who was convicted of a felony charge after the man shared intimate photos of a woman as revenge.
On Oct. 14, 2021, Ralph Rivera Majica, 67, was sentenced by Judge Paul LePak to 17 months in state jail with credit for time served, according to Bell County court records. Majica had pleaded guilty on Aug. 19, 2021, to a state jail felony charge of publishing or threatening to publish intimate visual material.
During a hearing on Thursday in the same 264th Judicial District Court, LePak granted a defense motion for shock probation and suspended Majica’s jail sentence to four years of probation, court records show.
Majica will not immediately be released from the Bell County Jail, however, because LePak ordered that Majica serve 174 days in jail as a condition of his probation.
Less than two months into his 17-month sentence, on Dec. 2, 2021, Majica wrote a letter to the court asking that his sentence be suspended because of a medical condition.
The case dates back nearly three years.
A woman on April 1, 2019, reported to police that Majica on Feb. 24, 2019, had sent intimate photos of her to a church pastor.
Police spoke with the pastor, who confirmed that he had received intimate photos of the victim through a Facebook account under Majica’s name, according to the arrest affidavit.
Majica told police that the woman had sent the photos to him “while they were in an intimate relationship and that he had become upset with her after the relationship ended...and wanted to cause emotional harm.”