José Romero gets 12 years in prison for raping a 6-year-old girl

Jose Romero raped a 6-year-old girl and paid her pocket change to keep it secret from her parents, prosecutors said. (Mugshot: Suffolk County Attorney’s Office)

A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he admitted to raping a 6-year-old girl, then gave the victim pocket change and told her not to tell her parents what he was up to. had done to him, prosecutors said. .

Jose Romero was sentenced following a guilty plea in April on a first-degree rape charge, the Suffolk County prosecutor said in a news release. His sentence will be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision and he will have to register as a sex offender, officials said.

“Because of the bravery of this child, the defendant will go to jail where he cannot harm other children,” District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement. “Speaking out against an abuser, especially at such a young age, is a difficult task. However, it is a step that we encourage everyone who is victimized in Suffolk County to take so that we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe.

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