An alien from Mexico was sentenced in Maryland to a 10-year term for impregnating the 12-year-old daughter of a family with whom he was living, with 8 1/2 years suspended by the judge.

Noberto Vasquez-Fuentes, 21, was sentenced under a plea agreement that included a guilty plea to second-degree rape of the girl with whom he had sex on five occasions in September 2005.

Prosecutors said the girl became pregnant but did not give birth and declined to say whether it was due to an abortion or miscarriage.

The girl believed she and Vasquez-Fuentes were in love, said Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Rogers.

Assistant Public Defender William Davis, attorney for Vasquez-Fuentes, suggested “a cultural difference” may have kept his client from realizing his actions were wrong.

“He did have feelings for her,” Davis told the Annapolis Capital.

Prosecutors agreed to the reduced sentence imposed by Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth because the girl’s family did not want the girl to testify and because of “possible weaknesses in the case.”



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