A California man who raped and impregnated his pre-teen daughter, then forced to her to have an abortion to hide the evidence, somehow managed to avoid a life sentence in prison. Manuel Jacinto accepted a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible child molestation, which means he will not be required to serve more than 25 years behind bars. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.
The abortion took place in December 2007, but clinic officials notified police after the girl appeared “apprehensive” before the procedure. Jacinto told the clinic that a 12-year-old boy named Giovanni was the father and the girl provided the same story, but police officials found evidence that Jacinto was the father. They requested a DNA sample from Jacinto, but he fled to Guatemala the next day and the girl eventually told police that her father had raped her.
A federal arrest warrant was issued in early 2008 and after nearly five years on the run, Jacinto was apprehended and brought back to California in December 2012. He has remained behind bars since then; his daughter, now 18, was not present at the sentencing.
In other equally sick crimes, an Indiana mother now faces life in prison after pleading guilty last week to selling her four-month-old baby for sex on eight different occasions, seven of which she was in the room for. Natisha Hillard, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of selling a child for sex and two counts of allowing a child to take part in child pornography. The baby was four months old when the sexual abuse began and 18 months old when the arrests finally took place. At a minimum, Hillard will spend the next 30 years in prison.
(Photo: Redwood City Police Department)