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      Harlingen man behind bars on multiple counts of sexual abuse

      Francisco Matamoros // Cameron County

      Harlingen resident found guilty for sexually abusing a child.

      Francisco Matamoros was charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child.

      According to Jessica TMs Law, Matamoros is facing a minimum of 25 years with no opportunity for parole or early release.

      The 43-year-old could face a life sentence.

      Jessica TMs Law allows some of the harshest punishments for those who commit continuous sexual abuse on a child.

      According to court documents, Matamoros began the sexual abuse when the now 16-year-old victim was in fourth grade.

      Cameron County District Attorneys Stephanie Rollins and Brandy Bailey prosecuted the case.

      The verdict demonstrates that Cameron County takes a firm stance against child abuse, Bailey said.

      Matamoros will return to court for his sentencing on Monday.