It's being called the longest sentence in the history of the county, but Deputy District Attorney David Sandhaus referred to it as a 'punishment is proportional to what the people of California said they want for raping a victim'. He also said that it will provide that Ignacio Vargas is never again free, and hopefully deter others from committing the same crimes.
Vargas had 37 counts against him stemming from repeatedly molesting a young girl whom he had a father/daughter like relationship with. Police been gain investigating Vargas after he was caught in a parked car molesting the child. The abuse had been going on for around two years prior to him being captured.
In court on Thursday, a victim's advocate read a letter from the girl's mother.
It said, "He robbed her innocence, her childhood, and the trauma that she will take during her whole life. He destroyed her life, and after she testified, she remains traumatized."
The defense plans to appeal, with the lawyer calling his client 'innocent'.