• Undocumented man pleads guilty to rape of child

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    An undocumented Guatemalan man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of rape of a child, according to Lebanon police.

    Edwin Alfredo Velasquez-Curuchiche, 42, will serve the entire 25-year sentence for each count, which will run consecutive with each other for a total of 50 years. The sentence will also run concurrently with a 50-year federal sentence handed down last year for production of child pornography, which was related to the case.

    Lebanon police started an investigation after officers responded to an address in Weatherly Estates on Oct. 29, 2015 after a reported attempted kidnapping.Detectives learned Velasquez-Curuchiche befriended a local family and fraudulently had a key to the victim’s home, something the victim was not aware of at the time.

    The investigation further revealed at two different times, Velasquez-Curuchiche snuck into the victim’s home while everyone was asleep, where his actions led to the charges of rape of a 6-year-old girl who lived at the home.According to U.S. District court documents, Velasquez-Curuchiche lived in a trailer park in Lebanon, and in 2015, he befriended a family who lived nearby. For several months, Velasquez-Curuchiche established a relationship with the family and their three children, which included a 9-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and an infant.

    Velasquez-Curuchiche gave the children video gaming systems and other electronic devices, taught them how to play the games and offered to play with them when their father was not home.

    In September 2015, Velasquez-Curuchiche used a ruse to trick the mother into letting him borrow her house key, after which he copied the key without her knowledge before Velasquez-Curuchiche returned it to her.

    Also in 2015, he learned the 6-year old daughter ran a fever, and he took a bag of medicine to the mother and encouraged her to give the child an adult dose of Valium. The parents of the child did not give the medication to their daughter, and Velasquez-Curuchiche later attempted to pay the girl’s 9-year-old brother to give her the medication.

    On Sept. 23, 2015, Curuchiche snuck into the family’s home during the night and recorded himself sexually molesting the 6-year-old girl while she slept. Again, Oct. 1, 2015, Curuchiche snuck into the home and recorded additional videos of himself sexually molesting the child as she slept.

    In late October 2015, the 6-year-old child awoke during the night and went to her parent’s bedroom crying that someone touched her while she slept. One of her parents checked her bedroom and found nothing. They assumed the child imagined it.

    On the evening of Oct. 29, 2015, the family returned to their home after a trip to the store. After they entered the home, the daughter went to her bedroom to get a toy. Velasquez-Curuchiche hid under the bed and tried to grab her by the arm and quiet her by telling her to play a game on a cellphone, which he had previously given to her. The girl ran to her parents, and the father found Velasquez-Curuchiche in his daughter’s bedroom closet, where he held him until police arrived and arrested him.

    Court documents also show Velasquez-Curuchiche was arrested in June 2013 when he unlawfully entered the U.S. He subsequently failed to appear for an immigration hearing and was living in the U.S. unlawfully when he committed the crimes.

    Velasquez-Curuchiche was found to be an undocumented immigrant and remained in jail since October 2015.Lebanon police and Department of Homeland Security agents investigated the case. Velasquez-Curuchiche was serving his federal sentence when he pleaded guilty to the rape charges.

    U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw sentenced Velasquez-Curuchiche in May 2017 to 50 years in prison for child pornography charges.

    At the time, Velasquez-Curuchiche was convicted of two counts of production of child pornography, according to Jack Smith, then-acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

    Velasquez-Curuchiche was indicted on the charges Aug. 24, 2016 and pleaded guilty Feb. 21, 2017.

    “The defendant’s conduct here is among the most egregious that I have ever seen,” Smith said at the time. “It is almost unimaginable that an innocent child and her family were subjected to such horrific acts by an intruder who masked himself as a family friend. The sentence ultimately imposed by the court should insure that the defendant never has another opportunity to victimize another child.”

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