Long Island man who raped 6-year-old girl sentenced to 12 years in prison
A Centereach, New York man who pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 6-year-old girl in 2021 was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday.
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney said Jose Romero, 34, admitted to the crime in a guilty plea last month.
According to investigators and Romero’s plea, Romero had sexual intercourse with the 6-year-old in October 2021.
He then gave the girl some loose change from his pocket and told her not to tell her parents about what he had done to her.
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But the plan didn’t work out for Romero. In fact, the girl immediately told her parents about Romero’s abuse, and her parents contacted the police.
The 6-year-old was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island’s north shore, where a sexual assault nurse recovered DNA evidence linking Romero to the sexual abuse.
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Romero pleaded guilty to first-degree rape on April 12, 2023 before Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis.
A month later he was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by 10 years of post-parole supervision.
Romero must also register as a sex offender.
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“Because of the bravery of this child, the defendant will go to prison where he cannot harm another child,” Tierney said. “Speaking up against a perpetrator is a difficult task, especially at such a young age. However, we encourage all victims in Suffolk County to take this step so we can ensure the safety of our most vulnerable residents.”