A judge handed down 18 years during the sentencing phase in an essay rape case to a man convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. According to The Christian Post, a man was convicted of rape after his stepdaughter wrote about it in a college essay. She kept it quiet for many years, trying to protect her mother, but once her mother’s marriage ended, she decided to speak out about what had previously happened to her. Her admission came while she was answering an application essay question that asked her what made her who she is today.
The young woman wrote:
“Toward the end of the marriage, he began to rape me. I never told anyone … at that point in my life, I was scared. [The experience] changed my life forever.”
The man who received 18 years in his sentencing for the rape case outed in the college essay seemed baffled when he was convicted. According to the report, he denied committing the crime — and held a Bible in court. Even still, the verdict and subsequent sentencing brought closure and happiness to the man’s former stepdaughter, who kept this secret for over nine years.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Brooklyn man was identified as Albert Tarrats. His stepdaughter was just 8-years-old when he raped her.
“Getting closure and justice on this horrible situation is the best thing I could have gotten from this experience. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I feel a lot happier than before. I will not forget what happened, but I will move on from it.”
According to The Guardian U.K., the 63-year-old man committed the crime back in 2003. It wasn’t until the girl’s mother read the college essay that the accused man was taken into custody and formally charged. In fact, it was the girl’s mother — the man’s ex-wife — who called police. Of course, this caused a stir and the defense used the mother’s possible want for revenge as the reason why she called police. Also, the girl was accused of making up the story to try and win over college administrators. It is unclear if the girl had any plan to seek justice in the case, but her mother spoke up for her, and now, justice will prevail.
[Photo courtesy of Brendan McDermid/Reuters via The Guardian U.K.]