Man caught in Mexico sentenced in Ohio child rape


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- A man captured in Mexico and convicted of the 2005 rape and kidnapping of a 9-year-old Ohio girl has been sentenced to multiple life prison sentences and designated a sexual predator.

Court officials say Alfredo Lopez Cruz was sentenced Thursday in Hamilton, Ohio, to three consecutive life sentences with no eligibility for parole for at least 10 years on each sentence. A jury last month found him guilty of one kidnapping count and four rape counts. The kidnapping count was merged with the rape counts for sentencing purposes.

The now-teenage girl testified that Lopez Cruz grabbed her off her bicycle, took her inside a house and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

Mexican and U.S. authorities worked together to apprehend him last year in Mexico.

His lawyer did not immediately return calls.