Plumber Gets 25 Years for Molesting Toddler on the Job, Videotaping Abuse

An apprentice plumber is going behind bars for many years for what a district attorney in Texas recently called "every parent's worst nightmare."

The February 10 ruling sentences the apprentice to 25 years in prison for the molestation of a 4-year-old girl at her family's home.

On August 25, 2018, apprentice plumber Brandon Joseph Bonds, 26, of Spring Branch, Texas, molested the girl while his boss was in another room with the child's parents. Branch recorded the event as it unfolded.

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Brandon Bonds, 26, of Texas, recently admitted to molesting a 4-year-old girl and will serve 25 years behind bars. Harris County District Attorney's Office

According to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Bonds and his boss—a master plumber—were working on a garage apartment at the victim's family home as the girl watched television in the living room. The girl's father reportedly asked the master plumber to check on an upstairs bathroom, locking the door behind him and leaving Bonds on the outside.

Authorities said Bonds was able to convince the girl to unlock the door so he could come in alone, at which point he proceeded to molest her. Bonds then went upstairs and was questioned by the girl's father of how he entered the home.

It wasn't until Bonds and his boss left the home that the young girl told her parents what happened. The victim was then taken to Texas Children's Hospital, where a sexual assault nurse examiner inspected her, collected evidence and conducted an interview.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said that evidence against Bonds included DNA from the victim's body, in addition to forensic evidence that showed he video recorded the molestation.

Although Bonds reportedly deleted the video, Assistant District Attorney Preston Burns said the district's Digital Forensic Investigations Unit found evidence of its existence. Burns prosecuted the criminal case.

"Of all the child abuse cases I've seen, this is one of the worst because that 4-year-old was watching cartoons in her living room, with her parents at home, and it should have been the safest place in the universe for her," Burns said. "But he was able to get to her and do something terribly, horribly awful to her."

Ogg called the situation "every parent's worst nightmare."

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Brandon Bonds, 26, of Texas, recently admitted to molesting a 4-year-old girl and will serve 25 years behind bars. iStock/Getty

Instead of going to trial in front of a jury, Bonds pleaded guilty on Monday to the first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The plea prevents the girl from taking the stand.

The National Center for Victims of Crime, which has existed for 35 years and helps rebuild victims' lives after sexual assaults, says the "prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported."

A 2010 "Child Maltreatment" report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau discovered that 9.2 percent of victimized children were sexually assaulted.

Studies conducted by David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, found that one in five girls and one in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. Children between the ages of 7 and 13 are described as the most vulnerable.