Joseph Senicero (Jail photo)
WACO (September 20, 2013)—Joseph Anthony Senicero will spend the rest of his life in state prison after he was sentenced Thursday to four life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
But his prison sentence is much more severe than that because it also includes a 35-year sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child, 20-years each on four counts of sexual assault of a child and 20-years each on four counts of indecency with a child.
"The strongest part of our case was the courage displayed by our victim,” said Gabrielle Massey, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case.
“Obviously, this defendant realized that McLennan County citizens are fed up with crime, especially when it comes to our children,” she said.
Senicero, 40, was indicted on one count of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, four counts of sexual assault of a child and four counts of indecency with a child, grand jury records showed.
McLennan County Jail records indicate he was booked into the jail on April 5 and 6 and ordered held on bonds totaling $100,000.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers arrested Senicero after a victim made an outcry about the inappropriate sexual activity.
The child, said to be in her mid-teens, reported in a forensic interview with specialists at the Advocacy Center that she had endured several instances of abuse.
Police detectives, acting on information obtained in the interview, obtained a warrant for Senicero and arrested him in April.
The incidents were reported at a residence in Waco, Swanton said.