Brunswick County man sentenced for rape charge will be deported

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Luis Sanchez
Luis Sanchez

A Brunswick County man will be deported after serving out a sentence of about three years on a rape charge.

Luis A. Sanchez, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court to attempted second-degree rape. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sanchez to 38-106 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

On April 16 2012, the victim and the defendant went out to get dinner and then back to her home to talk, according to Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage. The two had been close friends for several years and had a sexual relationship in the past, but their relationship had not been of that nature for years, Turnage said.

When they went back to the victim’s home, Sanchez forced her to have intercourse with him, despite the victim telling him to stop, Turnage said. The victim went to a hospital afterward, Turnage added.

“As a result of his actions – as you know that happened in my home – it’s hard to find a sanctuary. It’s hard to trust anyone because we were such good friends,” the victim told the court. Since accusing Sanchez, the victim said she’s been ridiculed for speaking out about the incident and has been also called a liar.

The judge ordered Sanchez to complete sex offender treatment while he is in prison and to register as a sex offender, upon his release.

As a result of his conviction, the United States Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an immigration detainer on Sanchez, which requires his deportation from the United States, according to the district attorney’s office. The deportation will occur after he has served his entire active prison sentence in the United States.