Former Mexican officer sentenced for raping Aurora woman

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — An Arapahoe County judge sentenced a Mexican former law enforcement officer to 72 years to life for raping one Aurora woman and attempting to sexually assault a second woman.

Ricardo Corral-Venegas, 26, was convicted in December of six felony counts that include several sex assault counts, burglary and kidnapping. He also received a sentence enhancer for using a weapon in a violent crime.

Corral-Venegas broke into an apartment at the Santana Ridge Condominiums on South Geneva Way on Oct. 4, 2016, and sexually assaulted the woman inside. He also tried to force his way into another woman’s apartment at the same complex, but that woman was able to fight him off.

Corral-Venegas is a former police officer wanted for numerous sexual assaults in Chihuahua, Mexico, according to an arrest affidavit. A Mexican newspaper reports that Corral-Venegas allegedly used a motorcycle and posed as a courier when he allegedly sexually attacked his victims in Mexico.

The two victims addressed the court during sentencing.

“He has taken a part of me I can never get back, and he put my child in danger,” the first victim said. “For that, I hope he rots. He is a sociopath beyond repair. He has made a place for himself among the rapists, scumbags and pedophiles of the earth, and that is where he belongs.”

The second Aurora victim of Corral-Venegas also addressed the court.

“I am going to live the rest of my life bearing this trauma. … Every time my doorbell rings, I relive the events that happened that day,” she said. “This has caused me to lose my trust in society and humanity as a whole. You can’t get that back.”

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