SAN ANGELO, TX – A man accused of sexually assaulting and drugging a child with meth was sent to prison Thursday for punching a woman in the face.
According to court documents, on Apr. 14, Samuel Cerna accepted a plea deal that gave him seven years of prison time.
The original charges against Cerna were sexual assault of a child, possession of a controlled substance, and assault to a family member. The deal that was presented by the District Attorney's Office dropped the possession and sexual assault charges in exchange for a guilty plea for assaulting a family member.
Cerna spent 444 days in the Tom Green County Jail before accepting the deal and will get credit for time served.
At the time of the initial arrest, on Jan. 7, 2020, San Angelo Police and Fire were dispatched to a residence where a child was intoxicated on meth. When they arrived the child told officers that the child had been given marijuana, meth and cocaine.
While high on the drugs Cerna sexually assault the child according to the arrest affidavit. Then in May of 2020 Cerna was indicted for the sexual assault, possession of meth and assault of a family member with a previous conviction.
Cerna pleaded guilty to the assault to a family member charge. In the indictment the District Attorney's office accused him of punching a woman in the face.
Cerna was released from the Tom Green County Detention Facility on May 13 at 8:28 a.m. and was sent to state prison where he will serve the remainder of his sentence.