Posted in the Mundelein Forum
July 17, 2010
By BETH KRAMER firstname.lastname@example.org
A Park City man's plea deal avoided 120 years in prison for having sex with a 12-year old girl.
Humberto Mendoza-Lopez, 19, admitted to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault for offenses committed between July 1 and Oct. 9, 2009. He cut a deal with the state capping his prison sentence at 20 years.
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Mendoza-Lopez appeared before Associate Judge George Bridges for sentencing Friday.
"I wonder what would cause you to come to this country as a non citizen and conduct criminal activity," Bridges said.
Bridges sentenced Mendoza-Lopez to 14 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender.
Mendoza-Lopez came to the United States in 2008 and has sent $1,000 to his family in Mexico every month, defense attorney Al Kola said.
"He came to this country to support his family," Kola said. "There are cultural issues. Age difference is not stressed in Mexico."
Kola said that his client came from a rural part of Mexico.
"We don't have a cultural matter. We have a predator," Bridges said.
Mendoza-Lopez was at a mall when he first saw the victim. He thought she was 15, Assistant State's Attorney Matthew DeMartini said.
Even though he pleaded guilty to one count, he admitted that they had sex seven times over the course of three months last year. Mendoza-Lopez was 18 at the time he thought the 12-year-old was 15.
It's still a crime for a legal adult to have sex with a 15-year-old, DeMartini pointed out.
"You're only a child once. Those years go by quickly. Unfortunately, those years of childhood ended when Mendoza decided to make her into an adult," DeMartini said.
DeMartini asked Bridges to impose the maximum sentence and said that Mendoza-Lopez was "already given a break with the 20-year cap."
Kola asked for a lighter sentence, pointing out that his client has no criminal history.
"There is no justification for what Mendoza did, but he took responsibility for his actions," Kola said.
Mendoza-Lopez took English as a second language and Bible classes while he was in custody at the Lake County Jail, Kola said.
Many predatory criminal sexual assault cases involved the defendant abusing a role of authority to assault their victim. This is not what his client did. His client had a relationship with the girl, Kola said.
"I ask for forgiveness. We all have mistakes in our lives," Mendoza-Lopez said through a court interpreter.
So they're saying he deserved a lighter sentence because in Mexico it's "okay" to be a SEXUAL PREDATOR!!! Should just kill him now and send him back to his family which he has be sending $1000 a month,along with a complete story on why SCUM people like this should not come to the U.S.
He is NOT a sexual predator because he had a relationship with this girl. What he is is someone with poor judgement. He did not RAPE her...they had a relationship! Yes he should have ascertained her actual age. But there are SCORES of people that date people with a 4 yr or MORE age difference. He should have waited until she was legal. His main crime? Not familiarizing himself with the laws of the country he was moving to.
And what out of all this is happening to the girl that passed herself off as older and had a relationship with an older guy? And where are her parents and why are they not regulating her friendships a bit closer? Don't THEY have any responsibility in all this? To turn this incident into a rant as to why all "Illegals" should be killed is just looking for a place to have your racial rant. Where would YOU be if your ancestors were killed when they came here just because they were not BORN here? Maybe you should go ask some of the Native Americans how they feel about YOU being here?
Food for thought.
Don't you mean the country he came to illegally not the country he was moving to.
Food for thought.
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Yes...a semantic. The fact he was going ILLEGALLY was not really the point of the thread I thought it was more what he DID. I think he should still serve his time but still be deported when he gets out. ommenting that tarring him with a Sexual Predator tag when it was a consensual relationship is a bit much.
And I don't buy the "she was only 12 yrs old, he stole her childhood!" schtick either. Have you talked to some of these 12 yr olds? They have not been children for a while and some are downright manipulative.
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