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Fresno father sentenced to 1,500 years for incest rape of his daughter

October 25, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fresno father sentenced to 1,500 years for incest rape of his daughter

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A man in California was slammed with the longest prison sentence in Fresno’s history — a total of 1,503 years — after he rejected two plea deals that would have put him back on the streets for the incest rape of his daughter.

The New York Post reported that 41-year-old Rene Lopez was found guilty of felony incest rape after he repeatedly sexually assaulted his 12-year-old daughter from 2009-2013.

When Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. issued the sentence, he scolded Lopez for perpetrating the heartless acts and for violating his fatherly trust while referring to him as a “serious danger to society.”

Sarkisian also condemned Lopez for not exhibiting remorse for his actions, after he allegedly blamed the young girl for his appalling acts.

A bound Lopez sat quietly at the defense table and did not look at his daughter, who was seated nearby. Her name was not released because she’s a victim of sexual assault.

In a strange twist, Lopez was offered a plea deal, in which he had the opportunity to accept a 13-year sentence, with prosecutors if he had only confessed to his crimes. However, he refused to accept the deal before his case’s preliminary hearing.

Before his trial began, prosecutors made a second plea offer of 22 years in prison, but Lopez tenaciously rejected it because he again refused to admit to the sexual attacks.

During his sentencing, the victim, who is now 23-years-old, read an emotional statement, that said: “When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless.”

Lopez was found guilty in September on 186 felony counts of sexual assault committed solely on his daughter over the course of four years.

Prosecutors indicated that Lopez “chose to turn her into a piece of property and use her to satisfy his sexual needs.”

Lopez violated his daughter up to three times a week until she gathered up the courage to leave and report him to authorities.

However, that didn’t prevent Lopez from driving by her new house and singing love songs on her answering machine before he was finally apprehended in November 2013.

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