|Marco Antonio Arroyo|
Two young children were left traumatized after they were forced to participate in sexual activities with two adults.
The couple of Illinois, was arrested after it was discovered that they have been having sex with a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.
Marco Antonio Arroyo, 42, and Lorrainne Mary Rowell, 41, of Chicago, abused the children over eight months.
Deputy prosecutor Nadia Chivers described Arroyo and Rowell, as “two of the most despicable and vile human beings to ever set foot in this court.”
Despite the horrific crimes, Chivers asked the judge to accept the plea agreement to spare the children the agony of having to go to trial.
Erica Rios, a DCS family case manager, told the court that the children suffered an intense level of trauma. “Both of the children have a lot of anger to deal with,” Rios said.
A foster mother for one of the children told the court that the child was suicidal and going to trial would be detrimental to the child’s mental health.
Arroyo pleaded guilty to two counts molesting a child.
Arroyo addressed the court on Friday. He apologized to the victims and said that he knew what he did wasn’t right.
He then told the court: “I am not a monster.”
Judge Vasquez replied: “You are a monster. You are a horrible person for what you’ve done to them.”
Vasquez then told Arroyo that he not only brought shame upon himself, but he also brought shame upon his entire race. “I’m ashamed to call you Mexican,” Vasquez said. “I’ve never said that before.”
Rowell's attorney, Samuel Vazanellis, said that his client is remorseful over her actions and she was willing to testify against Arroyo.
The judge reluctantly accepted the plea deal and sentenced each of them to 20 years in prison.
Arroyo faces deportation after he completes his sentence.