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Man convicted of sex with girl, 15

A Stafford man, whose attempt to evade a drunken-driving arrest earlier this year led to the discovery of his relationship with a 15-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges Tuesday.

Edwin E. Quintanilla, 23, was convicted of three counts of consensual sex with a minor, three counts of possessing obscene material and felony child neglect. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison with all but six months suspended.

Quintanilla, who according to court records was in the country illegally, is facing possible deportation when he finishes serving his time.

Stafford prosecutor Ed Lustig said a number of other charges were reduced or dropped in part because of a lack of cooperation from the victim and her mother, who was crying in the courtroom Tuesday as Quintanilla was led to jail.

The mother told police that she knew about the relationship and approved of it. She said it is acceptable in her culture for a girl her daughter’s age to date a man in his 20s, according to the evidence.

Quintanilla was stopped for suspected DUI in Stafford on Feb. 24. He was later convicted of that and other traffic-related charges, including driving without a license.

Quintanilla fled on foot from the traffic stop, but police found him later at his home. While in the residence, police found love letters from the girl to Quintanilla, Lustig said.

Both the girl and Quintanilla readily admitted they were having a sexual relationship, Lustig said. They also admitted that he had taken nude pictures of her, but the pictures were never found.

Lustig said that regardless of the customs in Quintanilla’s home country of Guatemala or the girl’s native Mexico, “in Stafford County we don’t allow sexual relations between a 23-year-old and a 15-year-old.”

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404