Prosecutor: Gifts exchanged for rape | Regional News

SALEM — A mechanic by day and drug dealer by night time, Carlos Rivera preyed on susceptible young ladies, supplying them alcohol, medications, items and food items, then raping them, demanding nude shots and much more, a prosecutor stated.

Rivera would take the women, some of whom ended up addicts, out to try to eat, to get takeout, to nail salons and give them entry to an elaborate array of female cleanliness and own merchandise he stocked in the lavatory of his Lawrence apartment. He gave 1 lady $180 to go out on a date — but only just after he done a sexual intercourse act on her, Assistant District Lawyer Jessica Strasnick explained at a foyer meeting in Salem Superior Court docket.

“He was executing this for his own sexual achieve,” Strasnick mentioned, adding that Rivera had no dilemma “forcing” these women to “give him what he felt he was owed.”

Strasnick reported he acquired vacation offers for the loved ones of a single sufferer. Then on Xmas Eve 2013, he raped her as payback, she said.

Authorities claimed Rivera, now 49, received absent with the predatory habits until eventually Could 20, 2019, soon after Chloe Ricard, 13, of Amesbury expended time at his 59 Bellevue St. apartment. That night, he and another woman dumped Ricard’s lifeless entire body at the Lawrence Normal Hospital crisis room and left, Strasnick claimed.

Ricard was pronounced lifeless a brief time afterwards. An autopsy outlined her trigger of loss of life as acute intoxication from a combination of fentanyl, cocaine, an antihistamine, and ethanol, Strasnick reported.

“This was the dim and unsafe existence Carlos Rivera had been dwelling for quite a few a long time,” she additional.

Indicted by the Essex County grand jury, Rivera is charged with 19 legal counts, such as rape, aggravated rape, human trafficking, involuntary manslaughter and giving illegal prescription drugs. His purported victims contain a few women of all ages and 7 women underneath the age of 18, authorities mentioned. Rivera continues to be held devoid of bail.

On July 19, all through the foyer convention in which probable resolutions to the scenario have been talked about, Strasnick in-depth the rates for Decide Thomas Dreschler. If Rivera pleads responsible, prosecutors want him sentenced to lifetime in jail with no the likelihood of parole for 25 a long time, according to an audio recording of the court listening to.

Victim impact statements were being study aloud and penned accounts also presented to Dreschler. Customers of Ricard’s spouse and children, like her mom, also dealt with the judge, asking for Rivera to deal with the most punishments as authorized by law.

Rivera is nicknamed “Mago,” which implies “Magician,” Strasnick explained.

But Rivera’s attorney, Jeanne Earley, requested Dreschler to take into consideration a much more lenient sentence in the variety of 14 to 16 decades in jail, with dismissal of the human trafficking rates.

She stated Rivera is just one of 8 small children and has four little ones of his possess. He has his GED and has labored as a mechanic, bartender and in design. Prior to these expenses, he had no criminal file, she claimed.

Earley said some approached by investigators did not want to testify for the reason that they thought Rivera “was a pal and a great individual.”

Conversely, Earley mentioned she was not “minimizing” the expenses he is experiencing.

“My coronary heart goes out to Chloe’s family members and I experience awful for them,” she mentioned.

After hearing from both equally the prosecution and protection, and getting a crack, the decide reported if Rivera pleaded responsible, he would sentence him to 20 to 22 yrs in point out prison adopted by 10 years probation.

While on probation, Rivera would require to sign-up with the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board, use a GPS keep track of and abide by a curfew, Dreschler mentioned.

The scenario was ongoing right until Aug. 26 in Salem Remarkable Courtroom. At that time, Rivera is predicted to decide no matter if he will plead guilty or the situation will commence to trial.

Ricard’s mother, in her sufferer influence assertion, reported the loss of her daughter “has prompted me to dwell in a globe of darkness and despair.”

On May possibly 20, 2019, when she arrived at Lawrence Normal Hospital, Deborah Goldsmith mentioned she was told her daughter “was shown as Jane Doe,” according to the audio recording of the hearing.

Goldsmith mentioned Chloe’s lifeless physique was still left in a chair “like trash.” And “Jane Doe” was what she was referred to as until finally her stepfather “had to recognize her dead human body.”

“Why would you do this? How can another person do this?” Goldsmith requested. “No one particular justifies to bury their 13-calendar year-previous daughter.”

In another victim influence assertion read aloud in court, Ricard’s grandparents mentioned Rivera warrants “nothing less” than the most severe punishment doable.

Rivera, they stated, “needs to be removed from our midst hardly ever to at any time hurt yet another youngster.”

Another victim, now age 29, claimed she was also raped by Rivera. She was formerly an addict and he provided her medicines. She mentioned she feels emotionally betrayed, bodily violated and nonetheless suffers from rely on and romance troubles and has flashbacks.

“Mago genuinely broke a component of me that will under no circumstances be the same,” she stated.

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