Judge resentences and hands down softer punishment for sex offender

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- In what some say is an unusual move, Washoe County Judge Brent Adams handed down a new sentence Wednesday in the case against a Reno man who plead guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.

On March 12th, 69-year-old Isaac Onsurez was sentenced 10 years to life in prison for 'lewdness with a minor under the age of 14.' The victim was the defendant's step-granddaughter who revealed the sexual abuse 12 years after it happened, when she was about six years old.

Wednesday morning Judge Adams gave Onsurez a sentence of one year in Washoe County Jail followed by five years of probation.

In court Judge Adams blamed the recording of Onsurez's first sentencing on a clerical error, stating the signed copy of the original sentencing should have never been filed.

Judge Adams relayed to the court that Onsurez can be considered a low-risk for offending again, according to a doctor's observations.

In a document given to News 4 by the Washoe District Attorney's Office, the victim estimated the sexual acts happened more than 100 times. In a conversation between Onsurez and a detective, taken from district attorney paperwork, Onsurez says, "I'm not going to blame her you know completely but she was a curiosity child that wanted sex." In another response to the detective's question, Onsurez says, "Yeah, she wanted it."

After hearing the sentencing, Washoe County Deputy Attorney Shannon Bryant says he was surprised and disappointed.

The father of the victim, Laurence, who wishes to keep his last name anonymous, says he hopes this does not discourage victims from stepping forward and seeking justice. He shared his disappointment by saying "The word that fits best is devastating."