According to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, 26-year-old Brandon Joseph Bonds pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony, on Monday.
Because Bonds pleaded guilty, the case did not have to face a jury and the child was not subjected to a trial.
The video above is from a previous report.
According to Ogg, Bonds was working as an apprentice plumber on Aug. 25, 2018, when he and his boss, a master plumber, were working on a garage apartment at the victim's family's home.
The girl's father asked the master plumber to come check on an upstairs bathroom and locked the back door, leaving Bonds outside.
Meanwhile, the little girl sat and watched television in the living room.
Bonds was able to get the 4-year-old to unlock the door and let him inside, according to Ogg. That's when he proceeded to molest her.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare to have a stranger violate the sanctity of a family's home and abuse a small child, and I'm proud we were able to get justice for this little girl," Ogg said.
After the incident, Bonds went upstairs with the others, and the girl's father asked him how he got in.
Ogg said after the plumbers left, the child told her parents what happened.
The girl was taken to Texas Children's Hospital, where she was examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner. The nurse collected evidence and interviewed the girl.
Ogg said the evidence against Bonds included DNA from the victim's body and forensic evidence from his phone that showed that he recorded the incident on video.
Bonds deleted the video, but investigators with the DA's Digital Forensic Investigations Unit were able to recover it, according to Assistant District Attorney Preston Burns, who prosecuted the case.
"Of all the child abuse cases I've seen, this is one of the worst because that 4-year-old was watching cartoons in her living room, with her parents at home, and it should have been the safest place in the universe for her," Burns said. "But he was able to get to her and do something terribly, horribly awful to her."