A Mississippi restaurant worker who followed a 12-year-old girl into girl into the bathroom, harassing her for her personal information, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping that same girl.
Valentin Ariosto Alfonso-Arguello hounded a 12-year-old girl at a Ridgeland restaurant last August into giving him her name and number, even following the child into the bathroom, WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi reports. The name of that restaurant has not been released, but Alfonso-Arguello reportedly was an employee.
Then, just one day after that disturbing incident, he raped her.
The child’s mother said she woke up early the next morning, just hours after she and her daughter ate at the restaurant, to find her daughter's bedroom empty, WJTV-12 in Jackson reports. When she looked out the front door, she saw her daughter returning to the home and a truck driving away.
During court testimony, it was revealed that Alfonso-Arguello texted the girl after his shift ended saying he wanted to see her. The victim went into his truck, where he raped her and held her down.
“The Madison County Sheriff’s office did an outstanding job of investigating this crime and building a case against a person whose only mission that early morning was evil and sick,” District Attorney John Bramlett said in a statement, the Clarion Ledger reports. “Working together, we have made our neighborhoods a little safer with Alfonso-Arguello now in prison.”
Bramlett also stated, “Every day in America young girls are coerced to meet men who have ill intent toward them. Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where a much older man talked a young girl into meeting him and forced her to have sex. Our children are now easier targets for pedophiles and we must continue to seek justice for those who become victims.”
Alfonso-Arguello will be required to register as a sex offender.
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