More crazy news out of Florida…
Central Florida resident Rony Otoniel Mendez, 26 years old, has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl.
“The Ledger reports that 26-year-old Rony Otoniel Mendez was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of three counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.
Authorities say Mendez first had sex with the girl in October 2013 and then two more times after that. The girl reported the assaults in November 2014 after she learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter in May 2015, and DNA tests confirmed the child was fathered by Mendez.” – Fox News
Rony Otoniel Mendez is of Guatemalan descent. Commentators on the incident have noted the tendency of adult-children relationships in Guatemalan culture. Some even go as far to say it is common practice for adult males in Guatemala to prey upon girls as young as 9-12 years old.
/U/ProjectManagerAMA shared an anecdote on Reddit today after the story initially broke:
The young girl gave birth to the baby in May 2015. DNA tests confirmed that the child belonged to Rony Otoniel Mendez.
Mendez fled to Guatemala shortly after the allegations were made. He was swiftly extradited back to the states and arrested.