ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Rockland County teen was convicted this week by a jury of rape and other charges related to the sexual assaulting a 5-year-old girl earlier this year, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.
Luiz Acevedo-Lopez, 19, of South Main Street in Spring Valley was convicted of all counts in the indictment charging him with:
- One count of predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A-II felony
- One count of rape in the first degree , a Class B felony
- One count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, a Class B felony
- Two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, Class D felonies
- One count of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor
“Without a doubt, this defendant is a dangerous predator,” said Zugibe. “There is no room in a civilized society for individuals such as this defendant.”
Between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016, Acevedo-Lopez repeatedly sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl with whom he had a familial relationship, Zugibe said. The abuse took place in the Village of Spring Valley, Zugibe added.
Trial testimony included that of the victim, who is now 6 years old.
The jury was also shown the Acevedo-Lopez's ’s videotaped statement to Spring Valley detectives.
“The consequences of sexual assault for the victim are profound, and often result in emotional trauma from which she may never fully recover,” said Zugibe. “I marvel at her strength and commend her bravery for offering testimony at trial.”
The sensitive trial was handled by Supervising Assistant District Attorney Jennifer S. Parietti and Senior Assistant District Attorney John W. McGowan, both members of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit.