VISTA (CNS) - A 70-year-old Oceanside man who raped two female family members repeatedly over a decade and threatened to kill them was sentenced Monday to 475 years in prison.
"In 17 years, this is the worst I've seen," Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior told City News Service.
Prior said Corazon Paulino Flores began raping one of the victims in 1996, when she was in kindergarten, and continued the assaults over 10 years. The other girl was raped repeatedly over seven years beginning in 1995, the prosecutor said.
Flores took them to isolated areas, including a shed at a ranch, to rape them while threatening them with guns and knives, according to Prior. He also forced them to take birth control pills and threatened them if they were to become pregnant.
He was convicted of 27 counts of forcible rape and child molestation in June.
Prior said the victims feared for their lives and waited years to report the crimes, a delay she sees frequently.
"Victims stay silent because they are fearful, embarrassed, feel shame and don't think they will be believed," Prior said. "Fortunately, the criminal justice system has tools in place to hold these abusers accountable, and vindicate victims for what they endured."
Flores was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Runston Maino.
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