FRESNO, California — This demonic dad will have plenty of time to think about what real fatherhood is supposed to be about.
A California man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over the course of four years.
Authorities said Rene Lopez, 41, assaulted his daughter two to three times a week between 2009 and 2013, including on Christmas Day and other holidays. He even got her pregnant and then paid for an abortion.
When she finally escaped his clutches, he would drive by where she was living and leave love songs on her voicemail.
“When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless,” the daughter, who now is 23 years old, told the judge in the case, according to the Fresno Bee. She said her father never has shown any remorse for what he had done.
Prosecutors say Lopez even turned down two plea offers of 13 years and 22 years in jail. When turning down the second offer, he told prosecutors he should be let go with the time he had already served awaiting trial.
Now he’ll have the rest of his life and then some to think about his crime.
“He ruined her teenage years and made her feel like it was her fault,” prosecutor Nicole Galstan said, the Bee reported.
Lopez was arrested in 2013 after his daughter had gone to police and was found guilty in September of 186 counts of sexual assault, 22 counts of raping a minor and 163 counts of forcible rape.
He argued in a letter to the court that he didn’t receive a fair trial, but the judge said the evidence was overwhelming against him.