LOWELL — A 21-year-old Lowell man was sentenced to five to seven years in prison followed by five years of probation Thursday after he admitted to forcibly raping a pair of 14-year-old girls, including one who was found bruised and disheveled on a city street.
In what Lowell police described as “an unusually brutal assault,” both Peguero and Henry Espinola, 21, of Lowell, were accused of plying two 14-year-old girls with alcohol and then violently raping them at Peguero‘s home on July 7, 2015. Both men were 18 at the time.
Officers found one of the girls lying on the ground in the area of Lawrence and Andrews street with no shoes, disheveled clothing and bruises on her neck, according to police. That girl was taken to a city hospital for treatment as police launched an investigation that soon discovered a second victim was also assaulted.
Espinola is charged with three counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, two counts of delivering liquor to a minor, and one count of illegal possession of ammunition. The case against Espinola remains pending. He is due back in Lowell Superior Court on Aug. 28 for a pretrial conference, with his jury trial scheduled for Sept. 10.
A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on why the charges were reduced.
Ullmann ordered Peguero to spend five years on probation once he is released from prison, and ordered him to register as a sex offender, get a sex offender evaluation and treatment, and to wear a GPS device while he is on probation, according to court records. That GPS device will be used to enforce exclusion zones where Peguero is not allowed to go since Ullmann ordered him to have no contact with the victims, and to stay away from the victims’ homes and schools.
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