JURY VERDICT: Poinciana man convicted of sexual battery, possession of child porn

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her.

Jason Bracero-Reyes, 34, of Poinciana.

After 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Bracero-Reyes June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority, eight counts of promoting sexual performance of a child, and eight counts of possession of child pornography.

He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced August 3.

Assistant State Attorney Mattie Tondreault told jurors that from January of 2015 to March of 2017, Bracero-Reyes battered the victim multiple times. The girl would tell him to stop, but 34-year-old Bracero-Reyes told her that she would be punished if she did not cooperate.

He also told her that if she did not go along with his advances, he would tell her family members. Bracero-Reyes convinced her they would never want to spend time with her again if they found out.

The victim eventually found enough courage to write her mother a letter, detailing Bracero-Reyes’ abuse over the past two years. The victim’s mother immediately reported Bracero-Reyes to law enforcement.

During the investigation, detectives found Bracero-Reyes’ old cell phone. It contained eight explicit videos of the victim, which were all taken without the girl’s knowledge.

Bracero-Reyes had wiped the timestamp and location data from the videos. At trial, the defense argued it was impossible to say Bracero-Reyes filmed them because there’s no way to know when and where the videos were taken.

While Bracero-Reyes wiped all of the metadata, he did not change the title of each video, which included the date and time the video was filmed.

The defense also claimed the videos were planted on the cell phone and that anyone could have filmed it because you never see the face of the person behind the camera.

But Tondreault pointed out that the victim identifies Bracero-Reyes in one of the videos when she calls him by name.

State Attorney Brian Haas said he is thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Mattie Tondreault in making sure this dangerous man can never harm another child.