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Father gets 1,503 years in prison for raping teenage daughter, longest sentence in Fresno history

Rene Lopez was found guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault.
Rene Lopez was found guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault.
(Fresno Police Dept.)

 A 41-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period.

The Fresno Bee reports Rene Lopez was sentenced Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history.

A jury in September found Lopez guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor.

Prosecutors say that Lopez’s daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but that instead of protecting her, Lopez turned her into “a piece of property.”

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They say the girl was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013, when she got the courage to leave.

In announcing the punishment, Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. told Lopez he is a “serious danger to society” and noted that Lopez had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament.

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