A San Marcos man convicted on five counts of aggravated sexual assault is on the run after he didn’t return from a courtroom lunch break in Caldwell County last week.
Pedro Javier Quintero, 22, is one of five men accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during a party in the Maxwell area in April 2009. The five alleged assailants were 18 or 19 at the time.
After hearing prosecution testimony on the second morning of his trial, Quintero left during a midday recess and did not return that afternoon. His mother testified later that Quintero told her he wasn’t coming back.
His trial continued without him and a jury found Quintero guilty of five counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, handing down 12-year prison sentences for each conviction. 421st State District Judge Todd Blomerth “stacked” some of the sentences, instead of allowing them to run concurrently, for a total of 48 years.
Quintero was out of jail on $7,500 bail. His bond was revoked and bail set at $1 million, Caldwell County prosecutor Katy Alsobrook told the Austin American-Statesman.
If he is caught, Quintero will likely be charged with bail jumping and failure to appear, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Two defendants in the group assault, Angel Miranda and Everett Rainey, have already been convicted and sentenced. Miranda received 30 years in prison and Rainey was put on probation. Two others, Johnny Lozano III and Joshua Jackson, are scheduled for trial next year.
Quintero pled guilty to a Hays County second-degree felony robbery charge in November last year and was sentenced to a 10-year probated sentence, court records state. He also faces a charge in Hays County for family violence assault; he is scheduled to enter a plea on that rap in January.
Anyone with information on Quintero’s whereabouts is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 512-398-6777 or the U.S. Marshal’s office Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-916-5393.