NEW CITY – A Spring Valley man will spending from 36 years to life in state prison on his conviction to all six counts of an indictment for the repeated sexual assault and rape of a five-year-old girl.
Luiz Acevedo-Lopez, 19, was a friend of the family of the victim and he used that friendship to take advantage of the child. “The lengthy sentence imposed by the court ensures that this predator will spend several decades in state prison, where he will not victimize any other children,” the DA said.
Between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016, Acevedo-Lopez repeatedly sexually assaulted the child with whom he had a familial relationship. The abuse took place in the Village of Spring Valley.
Trial testimony included that of the victim, who is now six. The jury was also shown Acevedo-Lopez’s videotaped statement to Spring Valley Police.
“The victim demonstrated incredible courage by coming forward and testifying truthfully to the horrific things the defendant did to her over several months,” said District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
Acevedo-Lopez was convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child, rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Nolan Bruder was sentenced to three years, with all but 240 days suspended, after pleading guilty to drugging and raping his 16-year-old sister.
On 18 May 2017, the web site Blue Lives Matter reported that 20-year old Crescent City, California resident Nolan Bruder had received a “slap on the wrist” after pleading guilty to drugging and raping his underage sister:
A judge gave a few days active time and probation to Nolan Bruder, age 20, who raped his 16-year-old sister, going against the recommendations of the District Attorney and the Probation Department.According to KRCTV, Nolan Bruder pleaded guilty earlier this month to the charge of rape of an intoxicated person. In his confession, he said that his sister had refused to have sex with him. He said that he gave his sister high-potency marijuana known as ‘dabs’ to smoke, until she was so stoned she could no longer recognize him as her brother.Judge William H. Follett sentenced Bruder to just three years, and then suspended all but 240 days of that. He then gave Bruder probation.
This story did not receive immediate wide-spread media attention, which left some readers skeptical about the case. However, this report is accurate.
Del Norte District Attorney, Dale P. Trigg told KRCTV that Judge Follett handed down the lenient sentence for a number of reasons. For one, Follett said that the stigma of a rape conviction and the mandatory registration as a sex offender would serve as enough of a deterrent.