Teen Sentenced In Rape Of GVSU Student

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A 14-year-old will likely spend the next five years in juvenile lock-up for his role in a sex assault in Grand Rapids in September.

The teenager learned his punishment in Kent County Court Tuesday.

The victim was walking home from a bus stop near John Ball Park Zoo when the teenager and his co-defendant, Felipe Lopez-Velasquez, 16, were passing by on foot and on a bike.

Police said Velasquez tried to rob the woman and assaulted her.

Then, investigators say Velasquez and the 14-year-old raped her near her home.

The younger teen, who was charged as a juvenile, admitted to the crime and issued an apology to the family.

The victim’s brother spoke in court, asking for the strongest possible sentence for both men.

He explained how the assault affected him and his sister.

“You can imagine the horror,” the girl’s brother said. “You go there and see your sister with her face swollen up, twice the normal size, two black eyes, bloody lip and then find out she was raped as well.”

He also talked to the judge about how the sentence will reflect on the way society values women.

“One of the lessons I’ve told the kids, ‘What makes America the greatest country in the world is, look at how we treat our women compared to other countries,’” said the victim’s brother. “But the minute one of these two walk free, I need to go find every one of those kids and tell them I lied.”

The 14-year-old is sentenced to a juvenile detention center facility until the age of 19, but can get out earlier based on a number of factors.

If the teen does get out, he must keep a clean record.

If he commits a felony, he will receive a minimum of 11 years in prison to a maximum of life.

His alleged accomplice, Valesquez, is still facing charges as an adult.


13 Comments to “Teen Sentenced In Rape Of GVSU Student”

    anonymous said:
    January 15, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    These type of crimes should be a life sentence no matter the age.

      Tina said:
      January 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      I agree the victim will never be able to live normal

      lil g x3 said:
      February 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      stfu you wouldn't say the same if it was your son doing that

        lcb said:
        March 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Maybe you should teach your son respect and how to treat others. Keeps his hands and all body parts to himself…. disgusted with your comment…

    Sarah Lee said:
    January 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    what if the “victim” lied and really wasn’t raped? what if she just wanted attention and said she was raped or touched inappropriately? what then? The new’s paper reports are black and white they never report the grey area….

      kevin said:
      January 15, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Then he shouldn't have admitted his guilt, DUH!!!!!!

      Guest said:
      January 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Sarah Lee, are you that stupid? Read the case, it wasn't a situation of some girl at a party making up a story. If she wanted attention why would she decline to have her name and face in the media? Why, like Kevin pointed out, would he admit his guilt?

      Maybe think once in awhile.

      lcb said:
      March 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Oh they just beat the shit out of her for the fun of it…she wouldn't have had two black eyes if she wasn't fighting back.. There are such things as DNA….DUH!!!! I believe women should be allowed to carry Tazer guns.

    Charles said:
    January 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Arm yourselves, or this will happen to you too.

    Charles said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Oh…and rape isn't only a violation of the body, it destroys the person on the inside. These two punks basically killed this woman, and they should be put to death. You think these two won't do this again? You think this is the only woman they raped?

    Wake up.

      lil g x3 said:
      February 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      like she said what if they didnt rape her , what if your son was in that position and he didnt actually rape her

        rlk said:
        April 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        if it was my son. I'd shoot him myself.

    idk said:
    November 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    i went to school with felipe he was a punk

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