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Rapist who used assumed ID gets 8 years

A sex offender and fugitive was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison after being found guilty of raping and abusing his girlfriend last year, as well as living under an assumed identity the victim didn't know about.

Martin Quintero, 53, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court. The victim knew Quintero as Juan Lopez.

Angela Therese Lee-Mandlin, Quintero's court-appointed defense lawyer, said her client "does not agree with the court's decision."

Quintero continued his denial of the rape charge at the hearing and submitted a 16-page letter that Circuit Judge Tim Barnack said he didn't read before sentencing because it concerned facts that should have been addressed during the trial.

Barnack said he found the victim "credible" during a bench trial held the first week of September. Earlier media reports, which referenced a court document that has been sealed, said Quintero forcibly raped the victim in late August 2016 by holding a knife to her throat while making threats to stab her.

Barnack found Quintero guilty Sept. 7 of felony first-degree rape, coercion and identity theft, along with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

Under Oregon's Measure 11 law, first-degree rape carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 months, or eight years and four months. Sentences for the other convictions will run alongside the rape conviction. Quintero will get credit for the time he's served in the Jackson County Jail since Aug. 26, 2016.

Court records show that Quintero is a convicted sex offender in Florida who was out of compliance with his registration requirements. He also has a fugitive warrant in Florida for robbery.

The victim didn't attend the sentencing because she was just starting a new job, according to Deputy District Attorney Zori Cook, who prosecuted the case.

"She's glad to be done," Cook said.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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