By Camaron Abundes
ANDREWS- It took a jury in Odessa just about a half an hour to find Roger Bueno, not guilty, after a year of upheaval. The former Mustang football star was taken into custody by immigration and custom officials last year, the day after his senior prom, after his citizenship came into question during an investigation out of Ector County.
"I am glad the truth came out, because I don't think he did anything. I am just glad it's over for him," Yerali Vega, a former classmate, said
The 19-year-old is not a U.S. citizen, but lived in Andrews County since he was three years old. He spent the 2007 summer locked up in El Paso waiting for immigration officials to decide if he would be sent to Mexico, or if he would stay in the United States to face charges. The teen eventually stayed in the U.S. charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Thursday, a jury in Odessa acquitted the teen of the charges.
"The only thing about the investigation, and anything about the case I read in the newspaper, and saw on the news. So I can't comment about that," one Andrews man, said.
The news of Bueno's acquittal was received with mixed sentiment.
"I am glad that part of Andrews is going to be out of the news," Daisy Barton said.
Rene Greenway wants to see the teen celebrate graduation.
"I think the teens in town all agree with me on that," Greenway said.
After the initial investigation last year Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones, told Newswest 9, Bueno could face different charges stemming from an incident in Andrews County, but Jones would add nothing further advising the teen was a minor when it happened.
No charges have ever been filed.