HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier based at Fort Campbell has been convicted of sexual abuse and sodomy with a child under 12-years-old. Spc. Nery J. Ruiz was given a recommended sentence of 20 years in prison for first-degree sodomy with a child under 12 years of age and five years for one count first-degree sexual abuse.
The Kentucky New Era reported that the 28-year-old Ruiz will be eligible for parole in 17 years, after having served 85 percent of his sentence.
Ruiz took the stand and denied all charges. The child involved in the case, a 6-year-old girl, testified against Ruiz.
The 10-woman, 2-man jury in Christian County Circuit Court, reviewed video of her testimony about the November 2012 crimes after deliberations started.