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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Undocumented alien sentenced to 30-years for rape of child under the age of fourteen



An eighteen-year-old Fort Smith entered a non-citizen of the USA plea to a charge of Rape which occurred on January 1 of this year and involved a victim under the age of fourteen.


Esteban Leon Jose Sebastian, whose listed address in court documents was in the 4600 block of Plum Street, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional ten years suspended.


He appeared in court with attorney Steven Estell and a court-appointed interpreter. Sebastian is an undocumented alien, hence the non-citizen of the USA plea, which the victims in the case approved.


Although the rape occurred on January 1, the affidavit for the warrant wasn't issued until April 1 of this year. Sebastian was arrested the same day and has been in the Sebastian County Detention Center since. He received credit for time served in the plea deal.


Because of the victim's age, most of the records in the case have been sealed.


In addition to the 30-year sentence, Sebastian must register as a sex offender upon his release. He is also to have no contact with the victims.


Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Noah Strom represented the state in the case.


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