Man found guilty of raping 9-year-old girl

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County jury has found a man guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl.

Alfredo Lopez Cruz, 32, was on trial for kidnapping and then raping the girl in 2005. A jury found Cruz guilty of four counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

After the verdict was read, the victim's adoptive family said they were grateful to the prosecution, witnesses and law enforcement. The victim's attorney read a statement from the family also thanking them for finally bringing some closure to the crime.

"She can finally start healing from the nightmare that she suffered at the hands of this monster," said Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer McElfresh.

When Cruz was originally accused of the crime in 2005, he fled the country and went to Mexico. Authorities were able to bring Cruz back to the United States in March 2011. His trial began Monday.

Cruz will be sentenced March 15 at 2:30 p.m. He is facing life in prison.

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