Provided by District Attorney Rob Bovett
Following a four day trial in the Lincoln County Circuit Court, Edward Zavala, 30, was convicted of three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, as well as Tampering with a Witness and Bribing a Witness.
The Honorable Thomas O. Branford sentenced Zavala to 20 years and 10 months in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Cable.
“The victims in this case were brave to have come forward and tell what happened,” said Mr Cable. “Their courage meant that Mr Zavala was held accountable for his crimes.” This case involved the abuse of two girls under the age of 12.
“The lead detective took the time to tell me about the great job by Mr Cable handling and prosecuting this matter,” said Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett. “It’s another example of how our law enforcement community, and our Office, have sent a strong message that we don’t tolerate this type of conduct.”
The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office takes a strong stand against all sexual assault, and all abuse of children, and will continue to aggressively seek to hold offenders accountable for such crimes whenever possible.