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Lackawanna man gets 13 years for sex abuse of girl

A Lackawanna man who pleaded guilty in April to repeatedly sexually abusing a girl over a period of seven years was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison on each of five felony counts against him and four years in prison for each of five other felonies.

Enrique Rodriguez, 46, of Victory Avenue was sentenced in Erie County Court to the prison time plus 20 years post-release supervision, and he was ordered to have no contact of any kind with the individuals in his victim’s household until at least 2055.

Before sentencing, prosecutor Rosanne Johnson, chief of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau, told Judge Michael F. Pietruszka that the victim’s family has left the area and that they were asking the court to take into account the extreme emotional turmoil that Rodriguez had caused them. They also requested that the “no contact” order be reinforced by the judge.

Before agreeing to his plea, Rodriguez had faced up to 50 years in prison for four counts of rape and six related offenses. According to prosecutors, he started molesting his victim when she was 9 and was raping her by the time she was 16. The crimes occurred between 2007 and 2014.