A Californian man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison by a county court for raping his teenage daughter for four years. According to local media, this is thought to be the longest sentence given out in the Fresno court's history. The man, whose name has been withheld to protect his daughter's identity, was described by Judge Edward Sarkisian as a "serious danger to society".

Years of suffering.

The court heard how the man had raped his daughter two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013. The victim, now 23, told the judge that her father never showed remorse for her pain and went as far as paying for her abortion when she became pregnant with his baby.

"When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenseless," she said. Prosecutor Nicole Galstanexplained how the victim was first sexually abused by a family friend but instead of protecting his daughter, the man turned her into “a piece of property".

A man in denial

In September 2016, a jury found the accused guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including 12 counts of rape of a minor. The man turned down two plea deals before sending a letter to the judge calling his daughter's accusations "hearsay". Prosecutors were willing to recommend a moderate sentence of 13 years for the man, had he pleaded guilty. However, he not only rejected that offer, but he later rejected a 22-year prison offer just before the trial commenced.

In an attempt to have the maximum sentence handed to the man, Galstan said:“He ruined her teenage years and made her feel like it was her fault."

Lengthy sentences that are guaranteed to last beyond a person's lifespan are common in the US. In 2013, a former TV station owner, Peter Mallory, was sentenced to 1,000 years in prison on child pornography charges.That same year, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was given life plus 1,000 years for several counts including Rape and assault.

These types of sentences are usedtosenda powerful message to others thinking to commit similar crimes.

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