Famed attorney shows support for sexual assault victims in Big Spring

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 10:39 PM CDT
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It was a day filled with strong emotions at the one hundred and eighteenth district court, as victims and their families heard former detective Joel Rojo was sentenced the maximum on three out of the four charges.

"He's going to have a long time in prison to think about this," said famed women's rights attorney Gloria Allred.

"I've always been concerned with the crimes against children,” Allred added, “My concern is heightened when those who they look up to protect them, betray their trust and hurt them."

Speaking about why she felt the need to come to Big Spring: To support the three victims.

She was asked to attend the sentencing by victim number three's mom, Linda.

"I appreciate Gloria and everyone else supporting us,” Linda emotionally said to the pool of reporters. “I am very happy with the verdict. I ask you to pray for the girls, because they have a long way to go."

For Allred, she said she wanted to be here for the victims, "You are not alone. Even if you are a child, you have rights."

Emphasizing this hits close to home.

"This could have happened to any of our children, we don't want this to ever happen again in the future. That's why we need to speak out," she emphasized.

"To see him walked out of the courtroom, to see him served a maximum term in prison, that's justice, but there still needs to be justice," Allred concluded.

Rojo is behind bars, and it will be at least 10 years until there is an option for parole.

He will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.