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Man Gets 1,503 Years For Raping His Daughter

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A 41-year-old California man has been handed a 1,503-year sentence for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over a period of four years, in a stark departure from headlines about convicted rapists getting slaps on the wrist. Rene Lopez drew the longest known sentence handed down in Fresno Superior Court history, reports the Sacramento Bee,after being convicted of 186 counts of felony sexual assault; he showed no remorse, repeatedly blamed his daughter, described her testimony as “hearsay,” and turned down numerous plea deals that would have afforded him a much more lenient sentence.

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The abuse began in May 2009, reports the Bee, when the daughter was assaulted by a family friend and Lopez “chose to turn her into a piece of property and use her to satisfy his sexual needs,” per the prosecutor. The victim was sexually assaulted by her father two to three times a week for the next four years—he paid for an abortion when she became pregnant—with the abuse only ending when she fled Lopez’s house. “When my father abused me, I was young,” the victim, now 23, told the court. “I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless.” Said the prosecutor, “He ruined her teenage years and made her feel like it was her fault.”

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