Man sentenced to 10 years to life in sex assault of girl, 11

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – A man who authorities say sexually assaulted and impregnated an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison in Ohio.

The Canton Repository reports 27-year-old Juan Leon-Gomez, a Guatemalan citizen in the country illegally, pleaded guilty to rape and was sentenced Tuesday in Stark County.

Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Petricini said Leon-Gomez told investigators he knew the girl’s age when he assaulted her.

Judge Frank Forchione told Leon-Gomez his behavior was “despicable” and he deserved no mercy.

The girl is due to give birth next month and is being monitored by a physician who specializes in high-risk and youth pregnancies. She’s also receiving trauma counseling.

Leon-Gomez will face deportation after completing his sentence.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with Leon-Gomez’s attorney.

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