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Prison for man who sexually assaulted York girl, probation for his mother

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a girl and — along with his York City mother — trying to intimidate her into dropping rape charges against him.

Hiram Luis Modesto III, 23, appeared in York County Court on Wednesday, where he was sentenced to three to six years in state prison on each case, with the sentences to run concurrently, public defender Connor Tarr confirmed. He also was sentenced to an additional five years' probation, court records state.

Pursuant to Modesto's negotiated plea agreement, presiding Common Pleas Judge Amber A. Kraft gave him credit for prison time he's already served — 555 days on the sexual assault case and 301 days on his witness-intimidation case, according to Tarr.

Kraft also ordered Modesto to complete sexual-offender treatment, abide by sexual-offender probation conditions once released and to have no contact with his victim. 

Hiram Luis Modesto III

Modesto pleaded guilty June 22 to the felonies of sexual assault and corruption of a minor; in exchange, charges including rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, court records state.

In his second case, Modesto pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony of witness intimidation, according to court records.

Probation for mother: His mother, Angeline Maldonado, 41, of Salem Avenue, pleaded no contest Sept. 1 to two misdemeanor counts of obstructing the administration of law, according to court records.

Defendants who plead no contest, or nolo contendere, aren't admitting guilt. Rather, they are saying they will not contest the charges against them. Otherwise, a no-contest plea has the same effect as guilty plea.

Maldonado is also known as Angeline Hernandez, according to court records.

In exchange for her plea, felony charges of obstruction, witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit that offense were dropped.

Kraft sentenced Maldonado to four years of probation. The judge also ordered her to submit to drug-and-alcohol and mental-health evaluations, and to comply with recommended treatment, records state.

The background: Modesto sexually assaulted a girl in a York City home in May 2017 and on a previous occasion, when the girl was about 9 and 12 years old, York City Police have said.

Angeline Maldonado

Both Modesto and Maldonado know the victim.

On Dec. 3, Maldonado was in a vehicle with the girl and told her she was putting both Modesto and Maldonado through "this s—" and also told the girl that Maldonado was raped three times but moved beyond it, according to court documents.

The conversation happened the afternoon of Dec. 3 while the incarcerated Modesto was on the phone with both of them, calling from prison, police said. York County Prison records inmate phone calls.

In the recorded call, the girl can be heard in the background crying, prompting Maldonado to tell her, "Shut the f— up … you sound stupid," court documents state.

Maldonado also told the girl she "is only thinking about herself" in supporting the case against Modesto, according to documents.

"You ain't innocent, motherf—er, I'm gonna say that on the stand, f—ing dirty b—," Maldonado told the girl, court documents state.

Begged to be let out: As Maldonado allegedly verbally abused the girl and blamed her for Modesto's incarceration, the girl could be heard in the background begging to be let out of Maldonado's car, documents state.

The alleged victim could also hear Modesto speaking over the phone, police said.

He told her that she had the power to "end it all" by dropping the charges against him, according to police.

York City detectives listened to other prison phone calls between Modesto and his mother in which he said he intended to write the girl a letter, even though he knew he wasn't supposed to have contact with her.

Modesto said he would put another inmate's name on the letter so he didn't get in trouble, documents state.

Maldonado pressured the girl to go along with a plea deal, and Modesto helped over the phone, police have said.

Maldonado told the girl it's her fault as well as Modesto's, then threatened to "f— you up," documents state.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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