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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 6:16 pm, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

6 p.m. UPDATE:

Mario Ulloa was found guilty of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor Thursday afternoon.

A county jury sentenced him to seven years in prison.

4 p.m. UPDATE:

The jury began deliberating just after 4 p.m. in the case against Mario Ulloa.

Ulloa, 62, is charged with sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

His accuser is a 6-year-old girl.

The incidents that led to Ulloa's arrest are said to have occurred last summer.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Danville man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl will stand trial in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court on Thursday morning.

Mario Ulloa is charged with aggravated sexual battery, taking indecent liberties with a minor and forcible sodomy. The girl accusing Ulloa was 5 years old when the incidents in question took place.

Ulloa’s attorney, Steven McFadgen, filed three different motions in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court last week. He filed motions to close pre-trial proceedings, to have Ulloa’s statement suppressed and to have the complaining witness evaluated by an expert and deemed incompetent to testify.

Judge Stacey W. Moreau denied all of the motions filed and decided she would make a ruling on the child’s competency after hearing her testimony.

Pittsylvania County Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins said the motion to have the victim evaluated was just an attempt to terrorize and intimidate the young girl.

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