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Columbia Man Sentenced to 360 months for Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Contact Person: J.D. Rowell (803) 929-3036

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Ricardo Favela (age 44) was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse on a child and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced Favela to 360 months (30 years) incarceration. 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 care taker of the child. Trial testimony 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.


United States Attorney Beth 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.”


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



Updated January 26, 2017

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