Two Burton men plead guilty on eve of their trials
Two Burton men plead guilty to molestation on eve of their trials
BEAUFORT – A 27-year-old Burton man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting a girl on multiple occasions over a four-year period.
On Monday, August 26, 2013, El Pidio Calihua-Macuixtle, of Shanklin Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
In late 2012, a 12-year-old girl disclosed that she had been molested by Calihua-Macuixtle beginning when she was eight. She underwent a forensic interview at Hope Haven. Investigators from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office retrieved DNA evidence and the defendant confessed to the abuse during an interview.
“We were prepared to begin the trial this week when Mr. Calihua-Macuixtle decided to plead guilty and take responsibility for the terrible things he had done,” said assistant solicitor Mary Jordan Lempesis, who prosecuted the case. “With this outcome, the victim was spared from having to recount the years of abuse in the courtroom.”
Judge Perry M. Buckner handed down the sentence. By law, Calihua-Macuixtle must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or any other early release mechanism. He has been incarcerated since his arrest on November 4, 2012.
Also on Monday, Edi Rolando Suazo, 32, of Burton, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced by Buckner to 10 years in prison. His case was also scheduled for trial this week.
The young victim disclosed that Suazo fondled her at two locations in the Beaufort-area: Beaufort Bible Chapel, 913 West Street, and the girl’s home. The girl reported the abuse to representatives of the Child Abuse Prevention Association after a presentation at her school. The case was investigated by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaufort City Police Department.
Mr. Suazo has been incarcerated since his arrest on November 30, 2012.