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.