This article was first published April 1, 2014.
The prison sentence handed down to a convicted York City child rapist ensures he will never be a free man, according to his prosecutor, who said the man's 71-year-old mother has avoided prison for intimidating one of her son's young victims.
Angel Martinez, 41, formerly of 139 E. Maple St., was sentenced Thursday to 79-1/2 to 159 years in state prison for raping two girls and sexually molesting a third girl, according to senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy.
"(The judge) basically told him he's going to be in jail for the rest of his life, and that he should try to make the best of it," Murphy said.
Presiding Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock also deemed Martinez to be a sexually violent predator, based on a recommendation from the state Megan's Law sexual offender board, court records state.
All three girls were between the ages of 11 and 14 when Martinez began raping and sexually assaulting them, Murphy said.
Assaulted for years: The oldest girl was molested until she was 17, he said. Martinez began assaulting the younger two when they were 11, and the molestation continued until the girls were 13 and 14, he said.
Public defender Joshua Neiderhiser, who represented Martinez, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
York City Police Detective Kyle Hower began the lengthy investigation against Martinez in 2012 after one of the girls came forward, Murphy said. The other two then came forward, documents state.
"These girls are three of the greatest girls I've ever met," Murphy said. "They were able to stop (Martinez) from doing this to anyone else."
The prosecutor praised all three for "being strong enough to go through this so we could get him off the street."
A jury on Dec. 12 found Martinez guilty of multiple offenses, including rape, child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.
Rapist's mom: Martinez's mother, Maria Vega, of 139 E. Maple Street, is currently serving five years of probation and must perform community service after pleading no contest to the third-degree felony of witness intimidation.
Defendants who plead no contest aren't admitting guilt. Rather, they are saying they don't contest the charges against them. Otherwise, a no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea.
Murphy said the plea agreement allowed Vega to avoid prison because of her age.
'Held accountable': "But I wanted to make sure she had a felony conviction on her record," the prosecutor said. "She had to be held accountable."
Martinez also was charged with intimidating one of his victims, but his charge was dismissed earlier this month.
Murphy said because Martinez is already serving a de facto life sentence, it wasn't necessary to force the victim to testify in court a second time against her molester.
Vega's attorney, Sandra Thompson, is on vacation and could not be reached for comment.
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