Man to Spend at Least 24 Years in Prison for Raping, Impregnating 12-Year-Old Girl

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SHENANDOAH — A man accused of raping and getting a 12-year-old girl pregnant will spend 24 to 48 years in prison.

Hector Rico, 34, of Shenandoah was sentenced Monday in Schuylkill County. A jury found him guilty of rape in June.

The victim’s mother reportedly discovered the abuse after her daughter had a positive pregnancy test.

Shenandoah police were also tipped off by a social worker from Massachusetts who reported a man from Shenandoah was looking to get an abortion for his 12-year-old girlfriend.

Authorities say Rico is in the country illegally, and once he serves his sentence, he’ll face deportation.

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