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A man was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing two girls, an act that was reported to their school at the beginning of the year, according to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.
Patrick Ian Brymer, 27, was sentenced last week to life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving at least 45 years, officials said in a news release on Friday.
Brymer previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 14 years, one count of lewdness with a child under the age of 14 years, and one count of use of a minor in a pornographic video. The girls were related to Brymer.
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According to the district attorney’s office, authorities received a report of child sexual abuse in early January. Authorities said the abuse was disclosed at the girls’ schools.
Brymer was later arrested based on statements he and his two victims made. Investigators also obtained a search warrant and collected evidence from his cellphone.
At Brymer’s sentencing hearing, Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hicks described for the court the day when the two girls shared their story.
Patrick Ian Brymer was sentenced by Washoe County District Court Judge Lynne Simons to life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 45 years for sexually abusing to girls. (Photo: Provided by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office)
Hicks detailed the children’s interviews and described their statements as “heart-wrenching,” according to the news release.
“She added that listening to the acts of abuse the girls endured and viewing images of the abuse captured on the defendant’s phone could never compare to the trauma the girls suffered at the hands of someone they loved and trusted,” Michelle Bays, supervising investigators and spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said in the news release.
Washoe County District Judge Lynne Simons characterized Brymer’s acts as “horrific” and described the case as a tragedy. She also noted the resiliency of the victims.
In the news release, officials said many children who are at risk are no longer in environments that would support disclosures of abuse.
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Anyone who suspects incidents of child abuse or exploitation is asked to contact local law enforcement. Confidential reports can also be made to the Human Services Agency Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline at 1-833-900-7233 (SAFE).
Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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