BATAVIA, Ohio – A man that had been previously deported as an illegal alien was convicted and sentenced for raping a 15-year-old girl in Batavia, Ohio.
Jose Tovilla-Lopez, 41, was sentenced to eight years in prison for first-degree rape after he re-entered the United States after already being deported, according to WCPO News.
“This is a felony of the first degree. A period of imprisonment of eight years mandatory,” said Judge Victor M. Haddad.
According to prosecutors, Tovilla-Lopez was working in the U.S. under a stolen Social Security number. The identification he used belonged to a 69-year-old Arkansas woman.
The rape occurred one night, while at the victims’ family home, when Tovilla-Lopez had been drinking heavily. He offered alcohol to the victim as well. Later that night, the suspect sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl as she tried to fend him off.
Prosecutors said she left scratch marks on Tovilla-Lopez, showing her struggle. Soon after, the man fled the home, but was arrested the following day.
“As a family and as individuals you get frustrated when you think this could have been prevented if X, Y or Z could have happened. You think, ‘If they were not here, this couldn’t have happened,’” Clermont County Prosecutor Scott O’Reilly told WLWT News.
Tovilla-Lopez was friends with the victim’s family, according to O’Reilly. He was in their Batavia home at the invitation of the victim’s father.
“This is life-changing. My daughter has to live with this the rest of her life, as we all do,” said the mother.
The mother of the 15-year-old rape victim calls the eight-year prison sentence “a slap on the wrist” for a horrific crime such as this one.
The mother of the victim said this has turned her family’s world upside down.
“It’s just gone from bad to worse. My husband takes off when the kids were in school and picks them up so he makes sure they’re safe. He sets his alarm every night every hour on the hour to make sure the household’s safe,” said the mother.
Tovilla-Lopez will have to serve out that eight-year sentence in the United States before facing possible deportation.
The prosecutor said now that he has been convicted of the rape charge in Ohio, federal officials and Immigration and Customs Enforcement can take action regarding his immigration status.
(Photo: Screenshot WLWT News broadcast)