A 50-year-old Yellowstone County man was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday for two separate sexual assault crimes against two girls under the age of 12. c Daniel Mario Cuellar was sentenced in Yellowstone County District Court on two counts of sexual assault.  Judge Rod Souza suspended eight years of the sentence.

Cuellar reportedly touched an 11-year-old under her shirt in January 2014.  A younger girl witnessed the incident and testified that she told Cuellar to stop.  The younger child said the 11-year-old girl looked frightened when the 50-year-old Cuellar touched her inappropriately.  The 11-year-old girl also testified that Cuellar had choked her.  Another girl came forward in June 2014 and reported Cuellar had also touched her breasts, under the pretense of tickling her, according to court documents.  Cuellar admitted to the grandmother of the 11-year-old that the assaults [quote] “might have happened once or twice, but that was it.”

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