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Ex-university student slapped with 20-year jail sentence for raping a first year

A 20-year-old university student was slapped with a 20-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman after she reportedly told him she was a virgin in Pennsylvania, USA.

Kyle Vo, a former student at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, drugged and raped a the young woman, Chester County Assistant District Attorney Andrea Cardamone told the court.

“The defendant saw an opportunity to gratify his sexual desire and he took it,”  Cardamone said Monday in a sentencing memo to Common Pleas Judge Phyllis Streitel. “In doing so, Vo took something special from the victim that she can never get back.”

Cardamone said the victim had been telling friends that night that she was a virgin and was saving sex for marriage- for religious and personal reasons, reports Washington Post.

“Her virginity mattered to her,” Cardamone wrote. “She wanted to wait, and she wanted to share her first time with someone special — if not her husband, certainly someone she loved.”

The case prompted calls for harsher sentences for convicted rapists.

“Anybody who would rape an unconscious young woman is not only a sexual predator but a coward,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. “The defendant here got exactly what he deserved — a long state prison sentence.”

“As a father of a teenage girl, this sort of behavior appalls and disgusts me. The judge in this case did absolutely the right thing. Any judge who turns a blind eye to a defendant who rapes an unconscious woman is bringing the entire justice system into disrepute.”

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