California Man Gets 1,503-Year Term for Raping His Daughter

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A California man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter for four years, the Fresno Bee reports. The sentence of Rene Lopez by Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. was the longest in Fresno court history. It stands in stark contrast to recent high-profile sentencings in sexual assault cases such as six months in jail for ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner and 60 days in custody for a Montana man convicted of felony incest for raping his 12-year-old daughter.

Sarkisian told Lopez he violated a position of trust, engaged in violent conduct, and is a “serious danger to society.” The judge noted that Lopez had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament. A jury found Lopez guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor. Prosecutor Nicole Galstan said the victim was first sexually abused by a family friend. But instead of the father protecting his daughter, “he chose to turn her into a piece of property and use her to satisfy his sexual needs,” the prosecutor told the judge. The victim was raped two to three times a week from 2009 to 2013.

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