In a world where the thought of having carnal knowledge of an 11-year-old is considered taboo, is where 31-year-old New Yorker Jeffrey Rosales has admitted he had sex with an 11-year-old girl and got her pregnant and pleaded guilty to first-degree rape on Wednesday, as part of a plea deal.
A judge sentenced Rosales to 17 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
On Tuesday Rosales faced up to two life sentences. He was charged with predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum weight of 25 years to life in prison and also faced another 25-to-life sentence for second-degree murder in the June 2013 fatal shooting of Keenan Russell.
However, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Russell on Tuesday after authorities arrested someone else who took responsibility for the crime.
Defense attorney Robert Macedonio says his client is satisfied with the plea in the rape case.
Rosales, who also faces a four-year sentence for a robbery charge, initially refused the plea deal on Tuesday but later changed his mind as the evidence against him was overwhelming and included DNA hence pleaded guilty just hours after jury selection began.
Authorities say he acknowledged fathering the child in several recorded jail phone calls between him and his family members and even the girl.
… How does one even begin to react to these situations?