Arnaldo Ortiz v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 46th District Court of Wilbarger CountyAnnotate this Case
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
DECEMBER 30, 2008
THE STATE OF TEXAS,
FROM THE 46TH DISTRICT COURT OF WILBARGER COUNTY;
NOS. 10,937 & 11,009; HON. DAN MIKE BIRD, PRESIDING
Before QUINN, C.J., and CAMPBELL and HANCOCK, JJ.
Arnaldo Ortiz was convicted of two charges of aggravated sexual assault of his
foster daughter.1 He challenges those convictions by contending that the evidence is
legally and factually insufficient to sustain them. We affirm.
Appellant was acquitted of two other charges of aggravated sexual assault and one charge of
indecency with a child with respect to his biological daughter.
The standards by which we review the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence
are well established. We refer the parties to Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 99 S.Ct.
2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560 (1979) and Watson v. State, 204 S.W.3d 404 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006)
for a discussion of them.
Next, the State charged appellant with causing the penetration of M.V.’s sexual
organ with his finger and her anus with his penis. At trial, the complainant testified that
appellant had done both of these acts. The testimony of a child victim alone, if believed
by the trier of fact, is sufficient to sustain the conviction. Bjorgaard v. State, 220 S.W.3d
555, 559 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2007, pet. dism’d). Consequently, the record contains some
evidence upon which a rational factfinder could conclude, beyond reasonable doubt, that
appellant committed the offenses at issue.
However, appellant argues that because his child victim had a sexually transmitted
disease in her vaginal area, that he did not have a like disease at the time of testing, and
that no evidence appears of record suggesting that he had vaginal intercourse with the
child, his convictions lack the support of factually sufficient evidence. We disagree for
testimony appears of record illustrating that appellant and his wife had twice suffered from
the same disease contracted by the child, that the disease will cure itself in time without
medication, that men can be asymptomatic carriers of it, that it can be passed through anal
intercourse, and that the victim’s rectum was dilated (which condition may be indicative of
anal sexual abuse). This evidence when combined with the complainant’s testimony that
appellant was the person who assaulted her was enough to rationally explain why
appellant’s negative test does not overcome or otherwise negate that quantum of evidence
establishing his guilt. In other words, the jury’s finding is not so against the great weight
of the evidence as to be unjust; nor is it supported only by weak evidence.
According, we hold that the verdicts have the support of both legally and factually
sufficient evidence and affirm the judgments.
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