Two Burton men charged with sexual crimes against minors pleaded guilty before the start of their trials this week, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
El Pidio Calihua-Macuixtle, 27, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Perry M. Buckner after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, the release said.
Edi Rolando Suazo, 32, also pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced by Buckner to 10 years in prison.
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Calihua-Macuixtle, a native of Mexico, was charged in November after he molested a girl several times over four years. The then-12-year-old girl told investigators she was first molested by Calihua-Macuixtle beginning when she was 8 and underwent a forensic interview at Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the release said.
Investigators from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office gathered DNA evidence linking Calihua-Macuixtle to the sexual abuse, and he confessed during an interview, the release said. Calihua-Macuixtle had been in the Beaufort County Detention Center since his arrest Nov. 4, 2012.
Calihua-Macuixtle must serve at least 85 percent of his 25-year sentence before he is eligible for parole or other forms of early release, according to the Solicitor's Office.
Suazo, a native of Honduras, was charged in November after he fondled a girl twice -- once at her home and once at Beaufort Bible Chapel on West Street, the release said. The girl told representatives of the Child Abuse Prevention Association about the sexual abuse after a presentation at her school.
Suazo's case was investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the Beaufort Police Department, according to the release. Suazo had been in the detention center since his arrest Nov. 30, 2012.