A former Hialeah police sergeant who took a plea deal after he used to be accused of benefiting from girls in his custody used to be sentenced to 3 years in jail Thursday.
Jesus Menocal Jr. pled to blame in federal courtroom in March to 3 misdemeanor counts of violating the civil proper of unreasonable seek and seizures, keeping off main criminal fees.
Judge Kathleen M. Williams sentenced Menocal to 3 years at the back of bars and 12 months of supervised free up at a listening to Thursday. She gave him a voluntary give up date of July 11 to start serving the sentence.
Three sufferers gave emotional statements in courtroom, with one calling Menocal a coward.
Jeffrey Giordano, a spokesman for the Menocal circle of relatives, known as the closing seven years an injustice.
“The prosecution did not have enough evidence and they did not feel confident to take this case to trial,” Giordano mentioned.
Giordano’s feedback angered sufferers and members of the family who overheard them.
“When I was 17 and he took me, I didn’t know my laws. That was my first police encounter,” sufferer Maley Dacosta mentioned. “It was very difficult. I’ve been dealing with this for more than seven years and still here we are. Now he gets another 60 days out in the freedom.”
Menocal were dealing with a protracted record of imaginable results for forcing other sexual acts on 3 girls he held in custody in 2014 and 2015.
The allegations emerged in 2015 however the Hialeah Police Department selected to not pursue fees after an investigation. Menocal used to be later given a lift and a promotion to sergeant.
Miami-Dade prosecutors additionally determined to not pursue fees towards Menocal, calling it a “challenging” case with out corroborating proof.
He used to be sooner or later arrested by means of the FBI in 2019.
Under the plea deal, Menocal have shyed away from different allegations corresponding to kidnapping, which can have been existence in jail. He has additionally agreed to surrender his legislation enforcement license.