Columbia man sentenced to 30 years for aggravated sexual assault on a child

Investigated by the FBI and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division

Ricardo Favela, 44, was sentenced to 360 months in prison Wednesday in federal court in Columbia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.

Favela, of Columbia, was sentenced for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child.

U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced Favela.

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The defendant was also sentenced to a term of supervised release, sex offender rehabilitation, and will be required to register with the South Carolina Sex Offender register upon his release.

Evidence presented at the trial established that beginning sometime in early 2015 through April of 2016, Favela was the primary caretaker of the child.

Trial testimony also included a videotaped confession conducted by the FBI, wherein Favela admitted to allowing the child to perform sexual acts on himself multiple times from early 2015 through 2016. Favela was convicted in October of 2016 on three of the four counts contained in his indictment.

The incidents took place at Fort Jackson. Drake noted that the US Attorney’s Office prosecutes sexual assault cases when they occur in areas of federal jurisdiction (military bases, national parks, etc.), and that the sexual assault cases receive the full focus of the capable investigators and prosecutors that work them.

“This sentence reflects the repugnant nature of the offense and serves as a significant deterrent to all sex offenders,” Drake said.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Jackson Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant United States Attorneys J.D. Rowell and Jay Richardson of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.