Man who returned to US faces several life sentences in prison

Mario Antonio Lemus, 44, found guilty of several counts of sexually assaulting a girl. Washoe County jail photograph.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A man who fled to another country after the Sparks Police Department opened a sexual assault investigation in 2016 faces several life sentences when he is sentenced July 30 in Washoe District Court.

After a week-long trial, a Washoe District Court jury has found Mario Antonio Lemus, 44, guilty of three counts of sexual assault a child younger than 14 and one count of lewdness with a child younger than 14.

In July 2016, Sparks Police went to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on a report of a sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. She identified Lemus as the perpetrator. Police believed the assaults began at the age of 7 or 8.

Police got an arrest warrant and arrested him in March 2017 when he returned to the United States, the district attorney’s office said.
Evidence at trial included testimony from the girl and Lemus’s own videotaped confession, the district attorney’s office said.

The victim and family members in this case received advocacy, counseling and support services, the district attorney’s office noted.