Washington County man sentenced to 99 months for sexually abusing special needs child

A Washington County man was sentenced Friday to 99 months in prison for sexually abusing a cognitively-delayed child, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).

In 2012. WCSO detectives launched an investigation after a cognitively-delayed child reported being sexually abused by Luis Bautista, 35.

Luis Bautista, 35, was sentenced Aug. 18, 2017 in Washington County Circuit Court to 99 months for sexually abusing a cognitively-delayed child. Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The abuse occurred when the child was in elementary school. Bautista was renting a room from the child’s family at the time of the abuse.

Bautista was indicted in April 2013 by a Washington County Grand Jury for multiple sex crimes. His whereabouts were not known at the time, and a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest.

In June 2016, Bautista was located and arrested in San Francisco, and extradited to Washington County.

Bautista was convicted during a June 2017 trial in charges of second-degree sodomy, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration and second-degree sexual abuse.

On Aug. 18, 2017, Bautista was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to 99 months in prison.