CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (The Shelby Star) – A 61-year-old man is going to prison after repeatedly raping, and ultimately impregnating a young relative.
The girl’s mother has also been sentenced to prison for not reporting her daughter’s allegations of abuse.
Pablo Gonzales Sanchez will spend at least 18 years in prison for molesting a young teenage girl an estimated 50 times. When the child told her mother and other members of her family that she was being hurt, her cries fell on deaf ears, Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Beth Lari said in court Wednesday.
The child suffered by continually being subjected to her rapist. At one point she took pills in an attempt to end her life. She ultimately gave birth to a baby fathered by Sanchez.
Sanchez initially denied the accusations, telling investigators to get a DNA test. Two tests came back identifying Sanchez as the child’s father.
The girl has since been placed in a support facility with her child. The child is healthy, and the mother is taking parenting classes, attorneys said in court.
Defense attorney Daniel Talbert said there were no winners in the case.
“It is a sad, a bad situation,” Talbert said.
Sanchez entered his guilty plea on Tuesday, and the child’s mother pleaded guilty to felony child abuse by sexual act Wednesday.
The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity, used an interpreter to communicate with the judge. She was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison for her crime. Both she and Sanchez also were ordered to be added to the Sex Offender Registry.
Because of her immigration status, the woman will face deportation once she has served her time in prison.