Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Jovo Claudio Lopez (DOB 02/15/60) formerly of 29 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, New York was sentenced to 17 years in state prison on his guilty plea to:
On numerous occasions between 2009 and 2011, Lopez admitted to sexually abusing a young girl in his care. The victim, now seven-years-old, was molested in her Valley Cottage home as the defendant was babysitting.
Lopez was a friend of the victim’s family.
District Attorney Zugibe said, “In this case, the defendant was in a position of trust and authority over the victim and chose to violate that responsibility. He was charged with protecting the victim, not stealing her childhood. Today’s lengthy sentence is more than justified and will make certain a dangerous predator remains off the streets for many years.”
The court also imposed ten years post-release supervision. Upon his release from prison, Lopez is required to register as a sex offender under Meghan’s Law/Sex Offender Registry Act.
Lopez pled guilty in March during jury selection for his impending trial before the Honorable Judge William K. Nelson
The case was prosecuted by Special Victims Unit Senior Assistant District Attorney Patricia Gunning.