Smithfield man given max prison sentence for raping teenage girl

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.

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  • Dorothy Winger December 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm Reply

    this sob needs to spend the rest of his life in prison for what he did to that little girl it’s scary knowing this jerk was living in the same home as my grandsons and granddaughter and if he ever lays a finger on my grand children hell wont be safe for this monster

    • Arana June 11, 2020 at 10:24 am Reply

      You have no right to talk. All three of your children where removed from your home and adopted by other families. The memories those kids shared about the events that occurred in your home could even cause the darkest of hearts to shiver.

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