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August 27, 2013
DALLAS -- The sentencing hearing for a Salem man convicted of sex abuse in the attack of a 19-year-old woman has been delayed and the result may be that he will serve a longer sentence for the crime.
Romeo Castellanos, 35, was convicted on July 23 on second-degree sex abuse and was scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 20 for the crime stemming from an incident that occurred in July 2012.
The presumptive sentence based on the charge was 31 to 36 months in prison.
However, the Polk County District Attorney's Office has requested the chance to argue for a tougher sentence based on factors in the case.
This isn't the first time Castellanos has been convicted of sex abuse. In 2001, he was convicted of four counts of second-degree sex abuse on Marion County.
The district attorney's office will base its arguments for a longer sentence on a list of "enhancement factors," evident in this case and patterns found in Castellanos previous conviction.
District Attorney Aaron Felton said those include Castellanos taking advantage of a vulnerable victim and participation in "similar behaviors" in the current and former cases.
"It certainly will be our position that he ought to be sentenced beyond his conviction," Felton said. "It will be our position that the enhancement factors apply to this case."
Castellanos is scheduled to appear for a hearing in the case Friday.