A man from northeast Colombia was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing his 11 daughters.
According to Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office, the man in question accepted the charges that involved the violent abuse of his daughters under the age of 14.
The 62-year-old man was investigated by the Prosecutor General, who uncovered the crimes that took place between 2002 and 2004 in the central-northeastern province of Santander.
The prosecution successfully demonstrated that the girls had been subject to both physical and sexual abuse of their father following the death of their mother, according to radio station La FM.
Initially, the father accepted charges he had abused two of his daughters, one of whom became pregnant. Consequently, the abuse of the other nine daughters was uncovered.
According to local media, the victims initially filed the charges in 2010. Three of the girls were interviewed and other investigative procedures were carried out, but the case was then buried for administrative reasons.
The case reportedly took such a long time to materialize due to a “purely judicial matter” of establishing who the “natural judge” of the case was, according to Vanguardia newspaper from Santander. A prosecutor of the town of Socorro revived the investigation.
Once the accused was identified, the prosecutor found he was already locked up for illegally possessing firearms.
Due to the fact the sentence he was serving at the time was about to run up, the Prosecutor General ordered his detention in custody while investigated for the mass sexual abuse of his daughters, according to Vanguardia.
Having now accepted the charges the father will spend 23 years in the Berlin Prison in Socorro.