Posted: Monday, November 16, 2015 8:15 pm
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 24-year-old man was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to one to five years in prison in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Berkeley County in 2014.

Eduardo Trejo-Ruiz of Mexico was sentenced after he pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree sexual assault.

Circuit Judge Gray Silver III also ordered that Trejo-Ruiz be placed on 10 years of supervised release and register for life as a sex offender.

Trejo-Ruiz is to be taken into custody by immigration officials and deported following his release from prison.

The court noted that Trejo-Ruiz is an undocumented immigrant, and the felony conviction prohibits him from returning to the United State.

Assistant Public Defender Tom Stanley told the court that Trejo-Ruiz had expressed an interest in returning home to Mexico.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Riley told the court Monday that Trejo-Ruiz was 22 at the time of the sexual contact with the girl, and the prosecution had evidence that indicates he knew she was underage.

A second sexual assault charge contained in a February 2015 indictment against Trejo-Ruiz was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.