Mefe Cruz-Berula gets 13 years for sexually assaulting 10-year-old, giving alcohol to 4 girls

GREELEY, Colo. - A Greeley man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl and providing alcohol to her and three other girls.

Mefe Cruz-Berula, 20, was arrested in November after police found him and another man with four girls who had been reported missing.

According to the Greeley Tribune, Cruz-Berula pleaded guilty to child abuse, negligence resulting in serious bodily injury and attempted sexual assault on a child. He faces deportation after he serves his sentence.

Uriel Garcia, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and faces sentencing next week.

Greeley Police spokeswoman Sgt. Susan West said the four girls, ages 12, 10, six and five, were reported missing in November.

All the girls lived in the same complex in the 1900 block of 2nd Street. 

Garcia was the boyfriend of a family friend of one of the older girls.

The older girls left the apartment complex with the younger girls following and met up with the two men before returning to Garcia's apartment.

After the girls were reported missing, one of the girls answered a cell phone and was told the police were searching for them. Subsequent calls were unanswered.

Interviews led police to check Garcia's apartment for the girls. When officers arrived, they heard people inside but nobody answered the door.

West said one man climbed out a window and onto the roof, where he was arrested. The second man was found and arrested in one of the bedrooms inside the apartment.

The five year old was found sleeping in the living room and the other girls were found hiding in the bathroom.

Officers did find evidence of the consumption of alcohol in the apartment, West said.

West said that during interviews officers learned of sexual activity between Cruz-Berula and the 10-year-old girl. They found no other indications of sexual activity with the other girls.

Both men are scheduled for court appearances on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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