WILSON COUNTY, TN (The Tennessean) – A man who resided in Lebanon as an undocumented immigrant is sentenced to 50 years in prison on charges that relate to him molesting a 6-year-old girl who was sleeping, according to prosecutors.
Edwin Velasquez Curuchiche, 40, of Guatamala who formerly resided in Lebanon, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, according to Jack Smith, acting United States attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Curuchiche was accused of sneaking into the family’s home during the night in September 2015, and recorded himself sexually molesting the 6-year-old girl while she slept, prosecutors said. Curuchiche snuck into the home a second time in October 2015, and recorded additional videos of himself sexually molesting the child as she slept, according to prosecutors.
Later in the month, the 6-year-old child awoke during the night and went to her parent’s bedroom crying that someone had been touching her while she slept, but parents didn’t find any evidence.
On Oct. 29, 2015, the family returned home from a trip to the store and the daughter went to her bedroom. Curuchiche was hiding under the bed and tried to grab her by the arm and quiet her by telling her to play a game on a cell phone, which he had previously given to her, prosecutors said.
The girl ran to her parents and the father found Curuchiche hiding in his daughter’s bedroom closet and held him until police arrived and took him into custody.
Curuchiche was indicted on Aug. 24, 2016, and pleaded guilty earlier this year in February.
“The defendant’s conduct here is among the most egregious that I have ever seen,” Smith said in a news release. “It is almost unimaginable that an innocent child and her family were subjected to such horrific acts by an intruder who masked himself as a family friend. The sentence ultimately imposed by the Court should insure that the defendant never has another opportunity to victimize another child.”
Court documents also show that Curuchiche was apprehended in June 2013 when he unlawfully entered the United States. He subsequently failed to appear for an immigration hearing and was living in the U.S. unlawfully when he committed this offense.
Curuchiche lived in a trailer park in Lebanon and in 2015 befriended the victim’s family, according to court documents.
During the course of several months, Curuchiche established a relationship with the family and their three children by giving them video gaming systems and other electronic devices, prosecutors said.
In September 2015, Curuchiche used a ruse to trick the mother into letting him borrow her house key, and allegedly made a copy without her knowledge before returning it to her.
Also in 2015, prosecutors say Curuchiche learned that the 6-year old daughter was running a fever and encouraged her to give the child an adult dose of Valium. The parents of the child did not give the medication to their daughter and Curuchiche later attempted to pay the girl’s nine-year-old brother to give her the medication