Colombian ex-consul to the Dominican Republic and entrepreneur, Alberto Iglesias was found guilty of aggravated assault to a minor and was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday by a Colombian Circuit Court.
In Cartagena, the presiding judge ended the year-long case for Colombia’s former diplomat, ignoring the defendant’s pleas of alleged health and psychiatric problems and delivering the prison sentence which extended the normal punishment for sexual crime, due to the sensitivity of the case.
From 2014 to 2015, Iglesias, 79, repeatedly sexually assaulted a member of his own family, who was only 14 years old at the time.
“The minimum penalty for this crime is between 9 and 13 years, but ... because the crime was committed repeatedly, the judge was right," in the extension, said Elkin Castano Gomez, a lawyer at the Renacer Foundation who defended the victim and her family members during the trial.
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"We are facing a crime of sexual intercourse with a minor, aged 14, aggravated, because the perpetrator and the victim were family,” Castaño explained.
The attack was reported by the victim’s mother and according to the investigation, her daughter was not the only one to suffer the abuse. Another member of the family, 27, stepped up and claimed that she was also abused as a minor.
"I'm innocent,” Iglesias maintained, “I'm fine to the extent that one can be in a place like this,” he told El Tiempo reporters from San Sebastian de Ternera jail in Cartagena where he will be receiving rehabilitation until he turns 93.