WORCESTER — More than two decades after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl, 54-year-old Henry O. Valerio was sentenced today to 25 to 40 years in state prison.
It was on March 21, 1990, that Mr. Valerio, formerly of Clinton, was convicted in absentia in Worcester Superior Court on three counts of child rape, assault with intent to rape a child and indecent assault and battery on a child, crimes that had occurred over a four-month period in 1987 in Clinton and Lancaster.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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