BROOKLYN, NY (The New York Post) – A pedophile was slapped with 108 ¹/₂ years in prison Wednesday following a brave impact statement from one of his young victims as the NYPD detective who brought the monster to justice looked on proudly from the gallery.
“I started cutting myself after,” the girl, now 14, told the 35-year-old monster before he was effectively sentenced to a life term for raping her and sexually assaulting two other children in 2014.
“But now I’m standing up for myself, and I’m telling everyone about him,” she said, before dissolving into tears.
The two other victims looked on as Natalio Canete-Perez stood stonily nearby, refusing to make eye contact with her or the others while she spoke.
Det. Damon Gergar — whose investigative work uncovered another boy and girl victimized by Canete-Perez — comforted the three now-teens after the hearing.
“He was an evil person,” Gergar said outside of court, his face red with emotion. “I’m just happy for the victims, they’re very brave. And I’m happy this guy is going away for life, he should never be allowed around children again.”
“You are a very brave little girl,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent DelGiudice told the 14-year-old as she was led away from the podium after addressing her attacker.
“I want you to have a happy life. Good luck to you, and remember your family loves you,” the jurist added kindly.
Canete-Perez posed as a young girl on Facebook, exchanging pornographic photos of prior victims to lure new ones into sexual relationships and exchange lewd photos with him, according to trial testimony.
He also forced two of the children to engage in a sex act with each other while he watched, authorities said.
Judge DelGiudice informed the creep, who declined to speak, that he would “never again be free” because of the unspeakable acts he’d committed against the children, then 10, 12, and 15-years-old.
“You have no redeemable qualities whatsoever,” the jurist barked. “You have stolen the innocence and childhood from these kids, and it’s despicable. It is important that you never again be free, so the victims and their families can be.”
“Maximum sentences were created for people like you,” DelGiudice said in conclusion before throwing the book at him.
Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez called Canete-Perez “depraved,” and “clearly a danger to society.”
Canete-Perez was convicted of three counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance, and disseminating indecent materials to minors earlier this month.