Duarte Sentenced to 25 Years

By Scott Sarvay

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Friday morning for having sex with a 7-year-old girl, who told a teacher she thought she might be pregnant.

The judge accepted a plea deal and sentenced 28-year-old Roderico Duarte to 25-years in prison.

Duarte was originally charged with 5-counts of child molesting, but pleaded guilty to one count of attempted child molesting.

Duarte admitted to three sexual attacks against the girl.

Her mother found out at a parent teacher conference that her daughter had been attacked. When she was told her daughter was afraid, at age 7, that she was pregnant.

Duarte showed little emotion during sentencing and only said through his translator that "his trust and life is in God's hands."




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