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Fall River man sentenced to prison for repeatedly raping young step-daughter

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A 42-year-old former Fall River man was sentenced to serve up to 15 years in state prison after being convicted of raping his pre-teen step-daughter on multiple occasions, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Vincente Garcia, who was living in Worcester prior to arrest in March of 2021, pleaded guilty to indictments charging him with one count of rape of a child by force, three counts of rape of a child –aggravated by age difference, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 and one count of unnatural acts on a child under 16.

Between 2011 and 2013, Garcia raped the young girl orally, vaginally and anally. He indecently assaulted her by forcing her hand on his penis and by touching her vagina with his hand. The child reported that she was terrified of Garcia due to previous domestic violence issues involving the defendant and her mother. When the victim turned 16 she was a patient at a Franklin County Community Care Center, where she told a nurse about the past abuse. The nurse immediately filed a 51A, which was forwarded on to District Attorney Quinn’s Special Victims Unit for further investigation.

The victim and her mother submitted victim impact statements to the presiding judge and were both satisfied with the final disposition of this case.

“The repeated sexual abuse of a young child by this defendant was egregious conduct. I commend the victim for her persistence in disclosing these traumatic experiences. The lengthy state prison sentence holds the defendant accountable for this deplorable conduct,” District Attorney Quinn said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn and the 12 to 15 year state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis. Judge Dupuis also ordered that the defendant be placed on supervised probation for an additional 10 years.

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