Jury Finds Former Univision Arkansas Employee Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Minor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- A former Univision Arkansas employee was found guilty on two counts of second-degree sexual assault Friday afternoon. 

Victor Hugo Alvarez-Real, 36, of Springdale, was sentenced to 13 years of prison and a $15,000 fine for each count, totaling 26 years behind bars and $30,000. Alvarez-Real had pleaded not guilty.

Terra Stephenson, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, represented the minor victim. "Any time a child gets up on the stand and talks about something like this that's happened to them of course emotions are high, regret and sadness for that child. I really just wish her the best in her life and hope that it gives her some kind of feeling of justice," she said.

Twelve jurors deliberated for several hours before reaching a verdict and sentence. The family of the victim cried out in relief as they heard the sentence.

In October 2016, the victim was examined at a hospital.

In January 2017, the child spoke with investigators and confirmed there were multiple instances of inappropriate touching, authorities said.

A warrant was issued for Alvarez-Real's arrest in May 2017, stating he raped a child under the age of 14. 


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