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Special child’s rapist gets 8 years after plea bargain

ORMOC CITY – A 47-year old man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment after he admitted to a lesser offense of attempted rape for sexually molesting the special child of his live-in partner in at least two known instances, the first one on August 2008 and the second one on December 2011.

Convicted to serve “simultaneous sentences” of a maximum of eight years each is Nolito Calusor, 47, who raped the special child “Angel”.

The victim’s mother, in her affidavit, said that on the first known incident, Angel could not tell her who her rapist was. But last December, after Calusor raped her again, Angel positively identified him and told her that it was also him who raped her in 2008.

The victim is now 23 years old and it is not known if there were incidents in between.

The victim’s mother, the rapist’s live in partner, said they were also asking him to indemnify Angel the amount of P30,000.00. However, the rapist told his lawyer, public attorney Naomi Chiong-Osea that he did not have the money.

Regional Trial Court executive judge Clinton C. Nuevo convicted Calusor on Thursday, December 13, after he pleaded guilty during the arraignment to the lesser offense of attempted rape for the two counts of rape filed against him. Rape is punishable by life imprisonment.  The rapist was also sentenced to pay the girl P 30,000 and to pay the costs of the suit, if any.

Judge Nuevo said that the rapist will be imprisoned at either Bilibid in Muntinlupa or the Abuyog Penal Colony. He is expected to serve the minimum of six years and one day to a maximum of eight years. If the rapist shows good behavior during his imprisonment, he can apply for parole after the six years and one day. Since he is serving “simultaneous sentences”, the rapist will just actually serve a maximum of eight years and not “eight plus eight or 16 years.” By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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