Bluffton man gets 15 year sentence for sexually assaulting child

Bluffton man gets 15 year sentence for sexually assaulting child

BLUFFTON, SC (WCSC) - A Bluffton man who sexually assaulted a child was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.

Benjamin Cervantes Hernandez, 36, was found guilty by a jury of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

They deliberated for a little over three hours at the Beaufort County Courthouse.

The incident occurred in the summer of 2015 at a home in Bluffton.

"This was a very difficult process for the victim and her family,  they considered the defendant a family member, and he destroyed their trust." said Assistant Solicitor Julie Kate Keeny.

As part of Hernandez's sentence, he must also register as a sex offender.

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