Sterling sex offender gets 15 years on rape charge
A Loudoun County Circuit judge on Dec. 15 handed down a 15-year sentence to a Sterling man convicted in August of rape.
In addition to the fixed 15-year sentence, Geovanni Amilcar Benitez-Giron, 38, must undergo three years of post-release supervision and successfully complete a sex offender treatment program, Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage ruled.
During the multi-day jury trial in August, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless called nine witnesses to testify on behalf of the commonwealth, according to Heather Williamson, spokesperson for the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
The evidence included testimony from the victim, first responders and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner as well as forensics and expert opinion related to the collection of DNA. The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning with a guilty verdict.
Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Benitez-Giron will be required to register as a violent sex offender.
Information about the Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, and those on it, can be found on the Virginia State Police website: http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov.