A 41-year-old man named Rene Lopez has been given a 1,503-year prison sentence for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over a four year period. The unrepentant rapist received his jail term in Fresno Superior Court last week, reports confirm.
Image: Rene Lopez
Rene has therefore made history for serving the longest-known prison sentence, according to the Fresno Bee.
Earlier this month, a man from Montana who repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter was sentenced to only 60 days in jail – making Rene’s case look like a mockery to America’s legal system.
In September, a jury found Rene guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault. His charges include more than a dozen counts of rape of a minor.
Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr., who handed the unprecedented judgement, received commendations from the general public after lashing out at the rapist for violating his fatherly trust.
In announcing the jail term, the judge told Rene that he’s considered a “danger to the society”, adding that the suspect has never shown remorse for his spine-tingling crime.
Investigators confirmed the abused girl child was sexually assaulted by a family friend shortly before Rene took her in for “protection” but ended up turning her into ” a piece of property”.
According to the prosecutors, the victim was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013. The sexual assault continued until the girl found courage to leave their home and report her case to the police.
But the randy man continued harassing his daughter at the new home by sending love songs to her answering machine until November 2013 when he was arrested.
“When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless,” said Rene’s daughter, who is now 23 years old. She also told the judge that her father never cared for the pain and agony she went through in his hands.
The survivor expressed gratitude to the judge and senior investigator Stacy Cordero for helping her overcome the traumatic experience and giving her father a deserved justice.
Readers who commented on stories about the case thanked Sarkisian, a California Superior Court judge since 1987.
“This Judge always give great rulings,” a Fresno Bee reader commented on the multiple lifetime sentence.
“This is great. This judge set(s) a very good example of all judges to follow,” wrote another.
“Bravo. We need to clone this judge,” one reader wrote on the Facebook page for the group Justice For Children Without Voices.
“A judge that gets it!!” another said.