Officials have accepted the plea of a 43-year-old illegal immigrant on charges that he sexually assaulted a ten-year-old girl in 2014.
Franklin County, Alabama court officials said Pedro Ramirez Rocha of Russellville pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.
Rocha was indicted last September on four counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 after the girl’s family came forward.
Authorities said that the plea deal was approved with the agreement of the child’s parents, who hoped to avoid a lengthy trial. The parents said that they wanted to avoid further trauma to their little girl, now 11.