Cuban Artist Agustín Bejarano, Accused of Child Molestation, Pleads Guilty

Cuban painter Agustín Bejarano, who was arrested in March 2011 after being accused of sexually molesting a 5-year-old boy in Hialeah, has pled guilty to harassing a minor.

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The Miami Herald reports that Bejarano, 47, took a deal for a reduced sentence of 42 months in prison and 10 years of parole. If his case had gone to trial, he could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Back in March 2011, Bejarano was in town to display his work at ArteAmericas, an annual Latin American art fair held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Along with art dealer Pan American Art Projects, the Havana-based painter showed his serene, desolate works, often featuring a solitary figure venturing out into an abyss of empty space.

But while in town, Bejarano attended a barbecue at the boy's family's home. He allegedly snuck into the child's room and had the victim touch his erect penis several times before kissing him on the mouth. Police gave a statement indicating that Bejarano had admitted his guilt to them. But Bejarano's lawyer, Melvin Black, maintains that Bejarano is innocent, and accepted the deal in order to more quickly reunite with his family in Cuba.

Bejarano will be deported to Cuba after serving his sentence.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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