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Woman gets 52 years in prison for sexual assault, performance of a child charges

GALVESTON, Texas – A woman has been sentenced to 52 years in prison after a jury determined she would serve 20 years for each of two sexual assault of a child charges and 12 years in prison for one charge of sexual performance by a child.

Aimee Charlene Orgo, 37, elected to have a jury determine her punishment on Thursday after she entered a guilty plea to the charges.

During the punishment phase of the trial, the victim testified about the sexual abuse that happened in August and October 2015. The abuse was reported by the victim to school officials and friends shortly after it happened. The victim told the jury the extent of the abuse and where it took place.

Orgo, who had no criminal history, faced a sentencing range of five to 99 years, or life, in prison for both of the sexual assault charges and two to 20 years for the sexual performance by a child charge.

After hearing closing arguments on Friday and deliberating for about three hours, the jury set Orgo's punishment at 20 years for each of the sexual assault cases and 12 years for the sexual performance by a child case. The court stacked the sentences, meaning Orgo will serve each sentence consecutively, essentially making the sentence 52 years.

She will be required to serve at least half of each sentence before being eligible for parole, which will be in about 26 years.

Once released from prison, Orgo will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for life.

Orgo’s co-defendant and husband, Matthew Bryan Orgo, is awaiting trial, which is scheduled for March 27. He was arrested on two charges of sexual assault of a child, one charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one charge of sexual performance by a child.