Cuyahoga County

Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison for raping friend's 12-year-old daughter

11/10/2014 12:40:00 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for raping the 12-year-old daughter of a friend.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick ordered David Santiago, 31, to prison on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, failure to comply and attempting to induce panic.

Santiago, who has two children the same age as the victim, pleaded guilty Oct. 9. The earliest he can request a parole hearing is in 13 years.

"What I did was absolutely wrong,'' Santiago told McCormick. "I made a mistake in judgment because of drugs and alcohol. ... I'm not a predator. I'm not a rapist.''

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