BELFAST, Maine — A Rockport man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his 4-year-old son was sentenced Tuesday in Waldo County Superior Court to serve two years in jail for the crime.
Pedro Delgado-Bristol, 26, allegedly forced his two boys to fight on Jan. 9 at his Rockport home while he lay on his bed and watched, according to police reports. The boys told a Knox County Sheriff’s Office detective that the fighting they did was like the Ultimate Fighting Championship and that they had to hit each other with closed fists, kicks and knees to the body.
The boys also told the detective that their father hit the younger one with a sandal about six times when the 4-year-old refused to fight anymore.
Detective Justin Twitchell of the sheriff’s office wrote in his report that the younger boy “said that he was being forced to fight his older brother and did not want to. His brother had hit him and hurt him, which made him cry.”
The boys’ mother saw the injuries on her younger son when she picked them up from a visit with Delgado-Bristol, and she reported the man to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which in turn reported the matter to police.
Justice Jeffrey Hjelm had some harsh words for Delgado-Bristol, who stood before him in an orange prison jumpsuit.
“You were encouraging and, in fact, forcing your two children to fight with each other,” he said. “In my view, your conduct was quite depraved.”
However, Hjelm noted that since Delgado-Bristol waived his right to indictment and a jury trial, he saved his sons from the “pain and psychological trauma” of testifying against their father in court.
Delgado-Bristol was charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and violating the conditions of release. It could not immediately be determined Wednesday what bail conditions Delgado-Bristol violated.
Assault is a Class C felony and is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of $5,000.
In fact, Delgado-Bristol was sentenced to four years for the assault, 364 days for the child endangerment and six months for violating his release conditions, but Hjelm suspended all but two years. Delgado-Bristol also will spend two years on probation and must complete a batterer’s intervention program.
He will not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with either son, Hjelm ruled.