Californian jailed for 1500 years for rape

Rene Lopez (Fresno Police Department)
Rene Lopez (Fresno Police Department)

A Californian man has been sentenced to more than 1500 years in jail for raping his teenage daughter over four years.

It's a stark contrast to recent sentencings that have gained media attention. In Montana late last week, a man was sentenced to just 60 days for repeatedly raping his young daughter.

Instead, Rene Lopez's sentence is the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court's history, at 1503 years.

The judge said Lopez, 41, was a "serious danger to society" who had never shown remorse, but instead blamed his daughter.

"When my father abused me, I was young. I had no power, no voice. I was defenceless," his daughter told the court, according to the Fresno Bee newspaper.

Lopez denied the charges in a letter to the judge, calling it "hearsay" and accusing his daughter of lying in the witness box.

But the judge said there was overwhelming evidence in addition to her testimony. She also chronicled his crimes in a diary, and when she became pregnant he paid for an abortion.

Lopez was found guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including 22 counts of rape of a minor, in relation to the crimes, which spanned from May 2009 to May 2013.

He will be registered as a sex offender as well as his jail time.

Before his 1500-year sentence was handed down, Lopez had rejected two plea deals.

The first would have seen him jailed for 13 years if he admitted his guilt, which was offered before the preliminary hearing.

The second was 22 years jail if he admitted his guilt before the trial.

Lopez turned both down.