Cuban Artist Agustín Bejarano, Accused of Child Molestation, Pleads Guilty

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Cuban painter Agustín Bejarano, who was arrested in March 2011 after being accused of sexually molesting a 5-year-old boy in Hialeah, has pled guilty to harassing a minor.

See also:
- Cuban Painter Agustin Bejarano Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Child While in Miami for ArteAmericas

The Miami Herald reports that Bejarano, 47, took a deal for a reduced sentence of 42 months in prison and 10 years of parole. If his case had gone to trial, he could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Back in March 2011, Bejarano was in town to display his work at ArteAmericas, an annual Latin American art fair held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Along with art dealer Pan American Art Projects, the Havana-based painter showed his serene, desolate works, often featuring a solitary figure venturing out into an abyss of empty space.

But while in town, Bejarano attended a barbecue at the boy's family's home. He allegedly snuck into the child's room and had the victim touch his erect penis several times before kissing him on the mouth. Police gave a statement indicating that Bejarano had admitted his guilt to them. But Bejarano's lawyer, Melvin Black, maintains that Bejarano is innocent, and accepted the deal in order to more quickly reunite with his family in Cuba.

Bejarano will be deported to Cuba after serving his sentence.

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Anthonyvop1
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Why is he a "Cuban Painter"

Would you have called the accused a "Jewish painter" or a "African American" painter if that was the case?

 

I don't think so.  

 

More proof that Liberals are more racist than what they accuse the right of being.

reversesunset
reversesunset

 @Anthonyvop1 Umm... because he is Cuban, as in from Cuba, and they are sending him back to Cuba after he serves his sentence in the US. If he was an African they would have referred to him as being a national of whatever African country he was from, like, for example "a Ugandan painter." Same goes if he had been an Israeli painter. Jewish people can be from anywhere, so it would really depend. What's key here is that since Bejarano is being deported back to his home country, they are referring to him as a national of that country.

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