Convicted of 3 rapes, man gets 60 to 120 years

Marcos Camacho: Said victims lied & prosecutors were corrupt.
Marcos Camacho: Said victims lied & prosecutors were corrupt.
Posted: June 20, 2013

MARCOS CAMACHO did himself no favors yesterday during his sentencing hearing by accusing his four sexual-assault victims of lying on the witness stand and charging that city police detectives and prosecutors were corrupt.

"I strongly believe there was not justice in this commonwealth prosecution," Camacho, 32, said.

Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich, appearing stunned at the beefy defendant's lack of remorse, handed him a state prison sentence of 60 to 120 years.

Assistant District Attorney Jack O'Neill had only asked for 40 to 80 years.

Camacho, an illegal immigrant from Acapulco, Mexico, was convicted after a February jury trial of raping three women and attempting to rape a fourth woman in Kensington over a six-month period in 2011.

Three of the women were prostitutes and all four were drug addicts at the time of the attacks, officials said.

Camacho, a married father with a son, lured the women into his white Jetta, where he raped them at knifepoint, according to trial testimony.

His DNA and the women's descriptions of him and his car led police to Camacho, who testified that he had consensual sex with one woman without a condom and that he had never met the other three women.

"He raped me without a condom," one of the women said during a victim-impact statement yesterday. "I thought that he killed me. He stuck something inside of me that could have killed me," she said of her fear of contracting AIDS.

"I have nightmares. How do you shake this off?" continued the woman, who said she has been sober for five months and is no longer a prostitute.

Ehrlich said Camacho's cruel treatment of his vulnerable victims - which included throwing one out of his car naked in November - fueled his decision to hand down a sentence above state guidelines.

"These four women truly lived in the shadows of life due to their drug addictions," the judge said, "and you made their lives even darker by raping them."


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