LOGAN — A judge has sentenced a Smithfield man to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl last May. Jose B. Arana-Araujo cried as Judge Kevin Allen ordered that he serve two terms of three-years-to-life in prison, with the sentences running back-to-back.
Arana-Araujo appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted rape, a first-degree felony.
Arana-Araujo was arrested after he went to the home of an acquaintance on May 11. While there, he engaged in sex with the victim.
State attorney Jacob Gordon said during sentencing that the defendant did more than just rape the girl, he reportedly groomed and prayed upon her prior to the assault. He asked the court for the maximum sentences saying, “This is what we do with people who violate children.”
Arana-Araujo tearfully apologized and said, “I don’t have words to describe how bad I feel.” He went onto to explain that he couldn’t understand the amount of pain he had caused for the victim, their family and his own family.
Public defender Bryan Galloway said because of Arana-Araujo’s legal status in the country, he will likely be deported after completing his sentence. He noted that his client had no criminal history and had lived a very good life before the crime occurred.
Judge Kevin Allen said it didn’t matter what good things Arana-Araujo did previously, sex assault cases are devastating because of the horrible damage caused. He told the defendant, there was no sentence that would heal the victim’s life. “When you insert this type of behavior into a good life, I can’t see anything else,” he concluded.
The sentence means that Arana-Araujo could serve at least six years before being released from prison. The decision is up to the state parole board.