After a week long trial, Cobb County jurors Monday convicted Eduardo Castillanos, 28, of Marietta, of three charges involving two young family members. Castillanos committed the rape of one girl between 2007 and 2008, when she was not yet 10 years old.
Jurors also convicted Castillanos of aggravated child molestation for acts against the same girl that occurred in March 2013, and of child molestation against a younger girl for acts that also occurred in March 2013.
Castillanos is a native of Honduras and is under an immigration hold by federal authorities with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Eleven witnesses testified for the prosecution, including both victims.
“There are no winners here. Although justice has been served, these two young girls have and will continue to suffer emotional damage for the rest of their lives,” said Assistant District Attorney Susan Treadaway.
At sentencing Monday afternoon, Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster called Castillanos’ acts “an abomination.”
“You cannot find a greater violation of trust,” he said, before sentencing Castillanos to serve 45 years in prison.
“I’ve been on the bench since 2002 and before that, spent time in juvenile court, and I don’t think I’ve seen a situation as horrendous as this,” Schuster said.
Castillanos has been held without bond since his arrest May 1.
He is represented by attorney Peter Odom of Marietta.