Circuit Court Judge Louise M. DiMatteo imposed the jury’s recommended sentence for 54-year-old Rodolfo Hernandez-Suazo, which also included a five year sentence for incest and a $25,000 fine.
Hernandez-Suazo lured his daughter to a south Arlington hotel room last year, claiming he was going to complete some maintenance work there. Once both were at the hotel, Hernandez-Suazo forced sex on his daughter and prevented her from leaving the room.
The daughter reported the incident to police immediately upon her release from the hotel room, and investigators from the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit were able to retrieve DNA evidence from the victim.
Hernandez-Suazo had been estranged from his daughter since leaving El Salvador about 20 years ago. They were reunited in 2009 when the daughter came to the United States to live with her mother.
“The victim held the understandable but misguided belief that she and the defendant could at last have a normal father-daughter relationship. Unfortunately he turned out to be a predator, not a parent,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Lisa Tingle. “Her courage in coming forward should give others similar strength knowing that our community treats these offenses with the utmost seriousness.”