YOUNGSTOWN Rapist of children must go to prison for rest of his life
The rapist got 13 life sentences plus another 60 years.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jose Manuel Rosado showed no emotion Thursday as a judge sent him to prison for the rest of his life.
A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court jury convicted 38-year-old Rosado of 19 counts of rape in December. Sentencing was delayed for a background check.
Judge Robert Lisotto sentenced Rosado to life in prison, with no chance of parole, on 13 counts, and 10 years in prison on each of the remaining six counts.
The judge also ruled he was to be labeled a sexual predator. If he ever is released from prison, he must register his whereabouts with the sheriff's department in his county of residence.
Despite the jury's verdict, Rosado, of Lanterman Road, maintained his innocence.
"I did not do this," he said just before the sentence. "Have mercy on me."
To appeal: Defense attorney Douglas B. Taylor said he will appeal.
Authorities said Rosado had sexual contact with two young girls he knew. The victims, who are 16 and 15 now, were 6 and 7 when the assaults started. Both testified during the trial, but neither was in court for the sentencing.
Ellen Taylor, director of the Rape Information and Counseling Center, spoke on behalf of the girls and their mother.
"Who knows what their future will ever be like, or if their lives will ever be normal again," she said.
The girls said during the trial that Rosado would make them watch pornographic movies with him, then imitate with him what was happening in the movie. He also made them play strip poker.