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Dad gets 23 life terms for molesting daughter

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:52 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2013

BURNET, Texas » A Texas Hill Country jury that convicted a man of multiple counts of sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography has given him 23 life prison terms.

State District Court Judge Dan Mills then stacked the sentences Thursday, meaning Robert Michael Areaga won't ever get out of prison.

Prosecutors showed Arteaga started molesting his daughter at age 4. When she was 15, she told a school counselor.

The now 16-year-old testified at the Burnet County trial.

Assistant District Attorney Stacy Street tells the Austin American-Statesman the girl's childhood was stolen by the man who was supposed to protect her and the victim would spend the rest of her life trying to overcome what had happened to her.

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mikethenovice wrote:
23 life sentences? He won't even live one life sentence after his cellmate take care of him. See you in Heaven.
on July 20,2013 | 10:00AM
Lightfoot wrote:
This guy isn't going to Heaven.
on July 20,2013 | 10:12AM
cojef wrote:
You bet, and where he is really going to is very hot, it will melt his you know what?
on July 20,2013 | 11:15AM
RichardCory wrote:
Non-existence in death probably isn't that hot, especially considering the lack of a nervous system necessary to perceive heat.
on July 20,2013 | 12:15PM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's not what the Bible says.
on July 20,2013 | 05:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
What if the person doesn't believe in your bible. Do they still go to your heaven or hell?
on July 21,2013 | 06:04AM
LMO wrote:
There's one thing Texas does right!
on July 20,2013 | 12:41PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Good for her to come forward to her counsellor. Too bad she couldn't voice the problem for eleven years and had to suffer his abuse. Too bad they couldn't just give him 23 death sentences. You know, let the poisons hit his system like a freight train till he reaches the edge and then bring him back and do it to him over and over, just like his daughter got to experience. I'm all for safeguards to make sure we don't kill innocents or the wrongly accused, but once found guilty and they have exhausted their appeals process, we are just way too kind to those who have shown no mercy to their own victims.
on July 20,2013 | 12:58PM
JFWhite wrote:
Everything's bigger in Texas. The man's guilt is certainly there, and there is no defense for his action, but 23 life sentences for 1 victim; that's not justice for anyone. The reality with child molesters is that someone probably did it to them-so where was Texas society to protect them. I think a very long term with a chance for parole is more just. The good citizens of Texas will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to lock him up and not a penny to help the girl.
on July 20,2013 | 01:26PM
typroctor wrote:
There I no "cure" for child molesters. If they get out they will re-offend.
on July 20,2013 | 02:09PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Hawaii judges can learn from from Judge Mills.
on July 20,2013 | 02:23PM
MoiliiliBoy wrote:
Its not the judges, its the law. The law only allows judges to do certain things. Hawaii law, at times, is a joke. Pimps and prostitutes run wild in Waikiki because the laws are so laxed. There are recommended sentencing guidelines and to not follow it, you need extraordinary circumstances. Hawaii always wants to rehabilitate.
on July 20,2013 | 09:00PM
Kapaho wrote:
They should execute him and save taxpayers money.
on July 20,2013 | 07:31PM
BigOpu wrote:
Nah, let him live out his life terms in jail so he can feel the pain and physical/mental torture that he caused that poor girl. For that vermin, I would be ok spending some tax dollars knowing he would be under constant fear because he's the lowest form of life in prison world and everyone will be gunning for him.
on July 21,2013 | 06:57AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Death sentences are far, far more expensive than life in prison. Ironically, it's 'economic' factors, rather than a desire to comply with the 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' command, that has caused a number of states to end capital punishment.
on July 21,2013 | 09:37AM
Anonymous wrote:
Put him in with the general population and see how long he survives !!
on July 21,2013 | 08:36AM
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