LUBBOCK, TX - Nicholas Canales, 36, of Lubbock pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Canales agreed to accept a sentence of 40 years in prison, and he must serve half before asking for parole.
Prosecutors said he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. There was DNA evidence according to the prosecution.
“The family was relieved to not have to go to trial and they’re happy with the sentence of 40 years,” said prosecutor Traci Bowman.
Bowman said the sexual abuse started when she was 8 years old.
Canales was indicted in February. Allegations date from approximately January of 2008 through September 4, 2014.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Canales' age. He is 36,
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