October 10, 2019
A Houston man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 77-year-old Asian woman who he targeted for her ethnicity, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.
Bryan Arellano Monasterio, 29, pulled on a cap and sunglasses and sneaked into an apartment building in October 2018, where he brutally attacked the victim.
The long-time widow survived her injuries, but succumbed to an unrelated medical condition less than 24 hours after Monasterio was sentenced Wednesday.
Prior to her death, family members let the victim know Monasterio had admitted to his crimes and was sentenced, Assistant District Attorney Mary McFaden said.
Monasterio pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of an elder and aggravated robbery. During the crime, the victim pleaded with him to stop, but not only did he continue with the sexual assault, he also stole money from her.
“In her final hours, family members let the victim know that the man who hurt her had been held accountable,” said McFaden, chief of the Elderly Abuse Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“From the very start of this, when prosecutors began working with Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators, we all knew this was a very different type of case,” McFaden said.
Prosecutors knew the victim was in decline, and sought to convict Monasterio prior to her death.
“The news of her passing fills us with sadness, but we hope she had peace knowing that he was going to be locked away where he could not continue to prey on the people of Harris County.”
Monasterio was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kristina Roberts and Joseph Frank.