|Rony Otoniel Mendez|
By: Mahesh Sarin WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after raping a girl and getting her pregnant.
26-year-old Rony Otoniel Mendez was jailed without the possibility of parole in Tampa, Florida, for repeatedly raping the girl.
The abuse began when the child was only 9-years-old. It was uncovered during a hospital visit when doctors noticed that she was pregnant.
A DNA test later confirmed that Mendez was the baby's father.
When Mendez suspected that he was going to be arrested, he fled to his native Guatemala. He was then extradited back to the United States.
Assistant Public Defender Marlisa DeMond, who defended Mendez, told the jury that the girl’s statements to authorities were inconsistent and therefore, it should create reasonable doubt.
DeMond told jurors in her closing argument that the girl said that the first assault occurred in late October when her mother went to work, but her mother testified that she did not start working until late November.
DeMond also questioned the accuracy of the translation of her client’s statement from Spanish to English.
However, since the DNA proved that Mendez was the father, there was no doubt that he raped the victim.
The jury found Mendez guilty of three counts of sexual assault and one count of lascivious sexual abuse of a child, and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Police said that Mendez raped the child on at least three separate occasions. The rape took place in her mother's bedroom while she was at work.