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Millersville man who sexually abused a 6 year old sentenced to 60 years in prison after guilty plea

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Posted at 1:49 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 09:06:38-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 50-year-old Millersville man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree rape, and child pornography, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a statement released Tuesday.

Victor Hugo Banuelos pleaded guilty to the charges on March 13. The case stems from an August 2018 anonymous complaint from Brooklyn Park regarding allegations of inappropriate acts committed against a minor, the State’s Attorney’s Office said. Banuelos was identified in the complaint. Police followed up, and, during an interview, Banuelos admitted to sexually abusing a 6 year old from December 2017 until August 2018.

Judge J. Michael Wachs, who sentenced Banuelos, called the crime “one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in his career,” the State’s Attorney’s Office said.

“Any sexual assault is truly a heinous act. However, it is even more deplorable when those actions are committed upon a minor,” said Leitess. “The State's Attorney's Office is committed to prosecuting those individuals who commit offenses against the most innocent residents in our community.”