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Men sentenced in child sex abuse cases
Frank Little receives 36-year prison term
AZTEC — Two men in separate cases were sentenced this week to lengthy terms in state prison on convictions for child sex abuse.
Frank Little was sentenced to 36 years in prison Wednesday afternoon in Aztec district court, according to San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.
Little was convicted of six child sex assault charges during a two-day jury trial that ended on Aug. 9. He was charged on June 23, 2010, and was accused of sexually assaulting two female relatives.
The convictions include one count of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree and three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree.
Little was held at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., for approximately four years because he had been ruled incompetent to stand trial in 2012 by Judge John Dean Jr. He was ordered to be transferred back to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on July 21, 2016, after the DA's Office learned Little had been ruled competent to stand trial.
Bradford Parker, 38, was sentenced to 12 years in prison this morning in Aztec district court on a conviction for one count of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree.
He was convicted following a two-day trial that ended on Feb. 28, according to court records. Parker was accused of sexually assaulting a young female relative, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Parker was initially charged on July 30, 2015, with six child sex abuse charges, but five of them were later dismissed by the DA's Office, according to court records.
Members of Parker's family spoke up during today's sentencing hearing, describing him as a hard-working man who loved his family and volunteered to help neighbors in need.
Parker briefly spoke during the hearing, stating he wanted to apologize to his children and thanking his family for their support.
During a March 15 hearing, the victim told the court how Parker's actions impacted her, according to a transcript of the hearing. She said she felt depressed and isolated, and had suicidal thoughts following the incidents, according to court documents.
"We hope it sends a message to the individuals that do this type of thing to children," O'Brien said in response to the sentences handed down to the two men. "It deters them from this kind of predatory behavior in the future."
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.