Commonwealth v. Miguel Laureano
PHILADELPHIA (June 17, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that the Hon. Gwendolyn N. Bright sentenced 52-year-old Miguel Laureano to 25 to 50 years of incarceration for repeatedly raping a child he and his wife had taken in as their own.
The victim was abandoned by her mother at age six and taken in by the defendant’s wife who had babysat her. Starting at the age of four, Laureano began digitally penetrating the child when his wife would babysit her. Once the child moved in permanently at age six, Laureano escalated to raping her several times a week over the next five years.
“This young woman is not only courageous but her story of incredible personal strength in triumphing over these horrible crimes and attending college is an inspiration. Judge Bright’s sentence ensures that this predator will never harm another child again,” said ADA Meghan Goddard who prosecuted the case.
Unable to keep in the trauma of the abuse, at age 16, the victim confided in a cousin who notified police. Laureano was convicted on March 17, 2015, by the Hon. Gwendolyn Bright after a waiver trial of Rape of a Child, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse of a Child, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, Unlawful Contact with a Minor and related charges.
The victim, who now attends college, testified to the physical and emotional trauma she continues to endure and her long journey toward recovery. She further testified that she hopes to someday help end sexual violence.
In announcing the sentence, Judge Bright stated that the defendant’s seven years of sexually abusing the young victim amounted to “torture” and that the lengthy sentence was justified by defendant’s “lack of remorse and arrogance.”