A Westport man convicted of raping a girl over a period of five years has been sentenced to spend the next 25 to 35 years at the state prison at Cedar Junction in Walpole.
Edward Pacheco Jr., 42, of 70 Forge Road, had been found guilty by a jury after a four-day trial in September on two counts of statutory rape, one count of child rape by force, one count of rape of a person age 16 or over, and counts of intimidating a witness and violating a restraining order.
Prosecutors said the crimes against the girl began when she was 12 years old and continued until she was over 16.
Judge D. Lloyd Macdonald said that Mr. Pacheco had expressed his remorse in a letter but that he believes a long sentence is called for.
“Mr. Pacheco must be separated from society for a significant number of years to protect other children and to protect other people from his conduct,” the judge said. “The intent of this sentence is that he will not see the light of day as a free man from the institutions until he is in his mid 60s at the earliest.” He called this a “truly aggravated crime.”
The victim, now 20, spoke in the courtroom before sentence was handed down.
She would like to see him “gone forever,” she said, recounting the crimes that have left her angry, ashamed and insecure. “It traumatized me and left me with emotional scars.”
Mr. Pacheco’s attorney, Joseph Czerwonka, asked for less jail time, noting that his client has already received death threats from within the prison where he will be held.
But prosecutors countered that this is not the first time that Mr. Pacheco, a Level II sex offender, had committed such an act. In 1996, they said, he was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl and spent five years in prison for that crime.
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Prosecutors say that Mr. Pacheco had become friendly with the victim’s family when the girl was 12 years old, a friendship that led to sexual intimacy before the girl was 14, the level of which progressed before and after she reached her 16th birthday. The crimes happened both in Fall River and in Westport, the prosecution said.