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Brownwood man sentenced to 30 years in prison for decade-long sex abuse of child

Louis Salazar

BROWN COUNTY, Texas -- A Brownwood man who sexually abused a young girl for nearly a decade was served justice this week.

Louis Salazar, 43, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he plead guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to the 35th Judicial District Clerk's Office.

Salazar avoided a jury trial where he could've faced a life sentence.

Court documents showed Salazar sexually abused a girl from January of 2005 until May of 2014.

Brownwood Police Officers arrested Salazar for the sex assault case in January of 2016. Police Chief Terry Nichols didn't respond to requests for comment on the conviction.

Executive Director Christy Robinson of the Heart of Texas Children's Advocacy Center interviews kids who are victims of sex crimes and was involved in the Salazar case.

"Over 90 percent of the time it's someone the child knows and trusts that's abusing them," Robinson said. "And that's why it's allowed to go on for so long."

She said Salazar abused the child for 10 years because no one believed the young girl's complaints.

"There are lots of almost consequences when a child makes an outcry and they're not always supportive," Robinson said.

Only three to six percent of sexual assault complaints made by kids are false, according to the Heart of Texas Children's Advocacy Center.

"Sometimes it's difficult to hear. Sometimes you don't want to believe that it's true. But, it is important to believe them," Robinson said.

As part of his sentencing, Salazar will have to register as a sex offender for life.

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