A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for raping his girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx — a crime discovered when the victim's mother went through his cellphone and saw he had videotaped the attack, according to prosecutors.
Virgilio Ocampo was found guilty Tuesday of predatory sexual assault against a child and use of a child in a sexual performance following a three-week trial.
Prosecutors said Ocampo and the child's mother had been dating for two years at the time of the attack and he had been staying in the mother's apartment several days a week. In January 2014, the mother looked through Ocampo's phone while he was sleeping and saw a video date-stamped from the month before showing Ocampo having sex with her daughter.
That day, she reported the attack to police, but by that time Ocampo had already left the apartment. At some point, he fled to Louisiana, where police took him into custody 10 days later. He admitted to police that he sexually assaulted the victim on the day he created the video, as well as on other occasions.
A victim impact statement from the child's mother was read in court Tuesday. It said the child has been diagnosed with PTSD and other psychiatric conditions.
“Your Honor, this man does not deserve to ever walk these streets after all the pain he has caused my daughter, my little angel. He is a sick man and is a danger to women and children he would ever come in contact with," the mother's statement said.
Judge Margaret Clancy sentenced Ocampo to the max. In doing so, she said it was horrifying to witness the man rape the child on videotape and said he has shown no remorse.
"In statements, he blamed the child, saying she came on to him," Clancy said.