A Bacliff man Friday was sentenced to five years in prison for an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Mario Cantu Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

Police arrested Rodriguez in January 2017 in Bacliff after a report about a sexual assault they received in 2016.

The father of the 13-year-old girl contacted officers July 2016 to tell them about a sexual encounter between the girl and Rodriguez that occurred earlier that month, according to affidavits.

Rodriguez had sex with the girl at her house while her parents and sister were away from home, according to the affidavit. Rodriguez was 17 years old at the time of the incident.

Rodriguez told police that he had sex with her, but was unaware of her age, according to the affidavit.

The girl’s sister told police that he had known the girl’s age, according to the affidavit.

After the conclusion of the investigation and charges were filed, Dickinson police’s warrant division found Rodriguez at a relative’s address, said Tim Cromie, spokesman for the department.

Rodriguez will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said. He must register as a sex offender for life.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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