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Sarasota Man Gets Life In Prison For Sexually Abusing Children

Melquiades Lopez-Tovar will spend his life behind bars after his conviction this week.

A man who molested a boy and a girl more than a decade ago was convicted on molestation charges and will spend his life in prison.

A Sarsaota County jury found Melquiades Lopez-Tovar guilty this week on sexual battery on a person younger than 12 and lews and lascivious molestation on a person younger than 12, according to the Sarasota Police Department. 

At the time of the crimes about 11 years ago, the female victim was 10-11 years old and the male victim was 6-7 years old.  Lopez-Tovar had been dating the victims’ mother, police said. The Sexual Battery of the female victim occurred in the 6600 block of Avenue A, in Sarasota. The Sexual Battery of the male victim occurred in the 2200 block of Janie Poe Drive. 

Both incidents occurred when the mother had left the victims’ in the care of Lopez-Tovar, police said.

After his conviction, Lopez-Tovar was sentenced to life in prison on the sexual battery charge and 30 years in prison on the lewd and lascivious molestation charge, according to police.

Staff reports were used in this story. 

Richard M. Swier October 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
So yet another bi-sexual who rapes little children. He is a pederast. I wonder if the Gay, Lesbian and Bi-sexual community in Sarasota will come to his defense. After all he was just doing what comes natural to a pederast. He has an equal right to his sexual behavior just like gays and lesbians.
Alejandra Colunga October 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
He is innocent..its not fair how someone could acuse him of such dirty thing.. This is a cheap lie.. They need to reopen this case and help the victims family declare. I know the girl he supppostly raped..and shes a liar..just like her family.. I put m hands in fire for him..his inoccent anf its not fair just because his ilegal for the jury to close the case...what kind of proof do they have against him? Just some lies.from the victims...
HONEST MOM October 31, 2012 at 07:29 PM
THEY SHOULD OF INVESTIGATED THE MOTHER....AND SENT HER ASS TO PRISSON TOO SINCE SHE WAS EVEN THERE WHEN HER OTHER DAUGHTER MARIA WAS HAVING SEX WITH AN OLDER GUY..............I KNW THIS FAMILY TOO AND THE MOTHER IS A DIRTY HOOKER WHICH GETS MONEY BY HAVING SEX WITH DIFFERENT GUYS SHE IS WELL KNWN JUST LIKE ALL HER DAUGHTER......AND JET AGAIN JUSTICE IS NOT WELL SERVE....SINCE THE REALL DIRTY PEOPLE ARE STILL OUT HERE AND MANY INOCENT PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON.....
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Kathy FlorCruz January 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
It disgusts me when child molesters are let out to continue their destruction of innocent lives, because that destruction lasts a lifetime. So, lifetime sentences are the appropriate action to me-except for one thing-if it's PROVEN to be true that the molester is guilty-why not just exexcute them instead of making us paying for their support in prison forever? On the other hand-it disgusts me when people make false accusations against someone who is NOT quilty-because the stigma-regardless-is there for life. There is MUCH inequity when it come to dealing with these cases. A young man, 18, who had consensual sex with a 16 year old was tossed in jail for statutory rape & is branded a sex offender now-forever. I have seen much more horrible crimes treated with less than that...& then to release a sick predator back onto the public after virtually NO cure-because there ISN'T one, & NO castration does NOT cure-is unconscienable as well. DO NOT ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO LIE ABOUT ABUSE FOR YOUR OWN REVENGE. YOU ARE GUILTY OF MAKING A REAL ABUSER HARDER TO PROSECUTE!
bojangles January 21, 2013 at 03:33 AM
it is the law if you have sex with someone under the age of eighteen you go to jail. if you do not have a brain then you will pay for it and you can think about it for a long time. it is the chance you take if you do this. be smart most kids dont no what they want and sounds like the mother dont care for her kids too
Richard M. Swier January 21, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Under Shariah law (Islamic law) it is permissible for adults to have sex with minors. In many Islamic nations this is the case. Old men marrying little girls is both legal and condoned. I do not hear anyone questioning this practice. Do you?
bojangles January 21, 2013 at 02:58 PM
we are called a bad country. by other but if you look at them you will see that they have this shariah law this is just a sick way for them to pray on young girls and boys they were trying to pass this shariah law in america. if you dont like the laws here go back were you come from. i do not beleave in this SHARIAH LAW and it has come up here in court. try to tell us we dont have vaules. i do and most of us do but there are a lot of sick pepole out there and we need to deal with them . islamic or what ever

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