A Lawrenceville man was convicted Friday of raping and molesting two female relatives while they were children, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said.
Willian Serrano-Parada, 36, was convicted of two counts of rape, two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation following the week-long trial. A jury acquitted him of another child molestation charge. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not disclosing the victims’ specific relationship to Serrano-Parada in order to protect their identities. It is the policy of the AJC to not name victims of sexual crimes.
In 2017, one of Serrano-Parada’s victims told her father that Serrano-Parada had molested her for three years when she was underage, the DA’s office said. She also told her father that Serrano-Parada had molested another relative multiple times while she was present.
The father confronted Serrano-Parada and Serrano-Parada’s wife the next day. When Serrano-Parada denied the allegations, an argument began and the police were called. Police then became aware of the accusations against Serrano-Parada.
The victim told a Gwinnett County detective about six different instances when Serrano-Parada abused her, including one incident after which she was in so much pain she could not sit down or walk. The victim’s cousin and best friend both testified in court that the victim had told them about the abuse, but made them promise not to tell anyone.
The second alleged victim was not made available to detectives by her mother and testified at trial that Serrano-Parada never abused her or the first victim. Prosecutors argued that this alleged victim “did not realistically have the freedom to be honest about being the victim of sexual abuse” because her family would be put in “financial ruin” if Serrano-Parada was incarcerated.
Serrano-Parada was sentenced to life in prison by Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge George Hutchinson.
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