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Convicted sex offender gets 67 to 189 years

From PennLive

WILLIAMSPORT — Saying “I have to protect the public from you,” a Lycoming County judge sentenced a sexually violence predator to 67 to 189 years in state prison Thursday.

“You will in all likelihood spend the rest of your life in prison,” Judge Marc F. Lovecchio told defendant Carlos Ruben Castro Jr. “It’s the choice you made. You have lived a life of violating people on your own terms.”

Castro, 37, of Williamsport, was found guilty in September of nearly 30 counts accusing him of having sexual contact in 2016 with two 12-year-old girls and a 5-year-old girl and videotaping some of the activity.

Lovecchio noted the criminal activity began shortly after he completed a 10-year term for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old in 2006 while she was sleeping.

Jurors were shown sexually graphic videos involving Castro and the youngest girl, and videos from a hidden camera that showed one of the girls naked after showering. One of the 12-year-olds testified.

Castro was found guilty of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, aggravated indecent and indecent assault, attempted rape of a child, sexual abuse of children and 16 counts related to the videos.

He also was found guilty of solicitation to commit rape that involved the second 12-year-old girl in 2016. That girl testified Castro, who was in a relationship with her mother at the time, crawled into bed with her and asked for sex.

“I don’t know if the offenses could get much worse,” Lovecchio said. “My vocabulary can’t describe the horror of what these type of offenses do to the community and victims.”

First Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade, citing Castro’s criminal history, predicted he would commit another crime if not confined for a long time.

The investigation that led to the charges began after a woman with whom Castro also had been in a relationship took to Williamsport police a cell phone containing child pornography he left at her residence.

Lovecchio found Castro had violated his parole by committing the crimes but chose not to impose an additional sentence.

The sentence in the earlier case requires him to register the rest of his life as a sexual offender.

Castro did not speak prior to being sentenced on the advice of chief Public Defender William J. Miele, who said an appeal will be filed. Miele did not speak on Castro’s behalf.

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