SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salem man has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 9 years old.
Wilfredo Alas was also sentenced Monday in Superior Court to 10 years of probation on charges of child rape, attempted child rape, and indecent assault and battery on a child. He also faces deportation to his native El Salvador.
The judge called it a ‘‘heart-wrenching’’ case because the girl had also been raped by Alas’ brother, who is serving an eight- to 10-year sentence.
The victim has since graduated from high school.
The Salem News (http://bit.ly/SauaMC) reports that Alas was a family friend who helped and housed the victim’s family when they came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally.
Alas’ lawyer argued for a lighter sentence.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com