U-R update

EATONTON, Ga. — A 39-year-old undocumented man from Guatemala was returned to Putnam County from federal custody shortly before Christmas after he was indicted on charges of incest and rape and now awaits trial in the county jail.

The suspect was identified as Santos Hipolito “Junior” Cinto, according to records and an incident report recently obtained from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Two days before Christmas, Cinto was to be deported to his native country by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but local authorities found out about it and kept such from happening.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale said Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Harper had spoken to a young woman who had accused her stepfather of molesting her since she was about 12.

Several years later, after the victim became an adult, she had a baby, Barksdale said. The baby, a girl, is now 2 or 3.

The assistant district attorney said part of the complexity of the case involved the statute of limitations and how to go about levying charges against the accused suspect to get the most effective indictment.

Cinto subsequently was indicted by a Putnam County grand jury on incest and rape last year.

Barksdale said he plans to try the case sometime this year in Putnam County Superior Court in Eatonton.

“This man is an illegal alien and ICE agents came and picked him up from the county jail after he was arrested and indicted by a grand jury,” Barksdale said.

The assistant district attorney explained that the Wednesday before Christmas, he received a telephone call while in his office.

The call came from an ICE agent in the Atlanta field office, who said they were about to buy Cinto a ticket to fly back to his native country.

“The agent went on to tell me that if we still wanted to prosecute this guy, ‘you’ve got to get us the paperwork,” Barksdale said. “'You’ve got to have a writ.’”

Barksdale said as soon as he discovered what kind of proper paperwork he needed to keep Cinto from being deported, he got in his car and drove to the home of Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda S. Petty. There, he said he and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills obtained the necessary documents.

Grand jurors contend that between May 1 and May 30, 2015, the defendant allegedly committed both crimes related to the victim, who is now 23.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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