A 39-year-old Portales man was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week on a charge criminal sexual penetration of a child under the age of 13, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District attorney’s office.
Apolinar Ramirez will also serve lifetime parole and register as a sex offender for life in addition to the sentence given by District Judge Donna Mowrer.
In April 2012, police were called after Ramirez was allegedly caught in the act of assaulting a child, according to the press release.
Portales police investigated the case and obtained a confession from Ramirez.
— Staff report