SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) - Radwan Balbisi, a 40-year-old Sugar Land man, has been convicted by a Fort Bend County jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two charges of indecency with a child. The same jury sentenced him to 18 years, six years, and four years in prison, respectively. 268th District Court Presiding Judge O’Neil Williams granted the state’s request to run the sentences consecutively. Balbisi will spend the next 28 years in prison, and will only be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.
Evidence presented by Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorneys Craig Priesmeyer and Terese Buess revealed that Balbisi engaged in multiple acts of sexual contact with the child victim in 2017. The defendant would create situations to be alone with the child in order to carry out his crimes. But the child spoke up and told an adult who reported this abuse directly to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Nathaniel Key immediately began an investigation which resulted in the swift arrest of the defendant. While on bond awaiting his trial, Balbisi cut off his satellite ankle monitor and fled the United States. He was apprehended in Mexico City days later.
“Balbisi thought he was above the law and tried to escape justice,” said Priesmeyer. “However, thanks to the outstanding efforts of our local and federal law enforcement agencies, we were able to make sure the defendant had his day in court.”
“So often children do not disclose sexual abuse right away. Thankfully, the child in this case found the courage to tell her caretaker, who was supportive and protective. Because of their bravery, this perpetrator was brought to justice,” said Terese Buess.
District Attorney Brian M. Middleton said that, “As a community we are not going to tolerate crimes against children. No one is above the law, and I appreciate the efforts of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service, who worked together to locate Balbisi and bring him back to Fort Bend County to stand trial for his crimes.”