Male teen receives 10 years deferred adjudication for indecency charge

At the Tom Green County Courthouse Tuesday, Juan Verdugo, 18, accepted a plea of 10 years deferred adjudication for an indecency with a child charge. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 fine.

The charge stems from an incident on Nov. 28, 2014, when Verdugo snuck into the victim’s grandparent’s home where she was staying. Court documents state he then undressed the 10-year-old, left “hickies” on her neck and exposed himself.

A family member of the victim learned about the incident when she posed as the victim online and began an online conversation with Verdugo, who admitted to the sexual abuse.

The victim was 10 at the time of the incident and Verdugo was 17.