Former Mexican officer gets 72 years for rape in Colorado

AURORA, Colo. -- A former police officer from Mexico will serve 72 years to life in a Colorado prison for raping a stranger in Aurora and attempting to rape another woman.

Ricardo Corral-Venegas, 27, was sentenced by an Arapahoe County judge on Wednesday morning.

He raped his first victim on Oct. 4, 2016 after randomly ringing her doorbell and forcing his way inside her apartment at the Santanna Ridge Condominiums.

At knifepoint, he made her put down her 1-year-old son and raped her in front of the baby, according to court testimony.

Corral-Venegas came back to the same complex nine days later and tried to force his way into another woman's apartment, but she was able to shut the door on him before he could get inside.

The first victim, who only use her first name Katelyn to be used, said Corral-Venegas threatened to kill her if she called police.

"I think he is a sociopath and his actions don't have consequences," she said. "I don't need to know much more about him to tell what kind of person he is."

When Aurora detectives arrested Corral-Vinegas, he admitted to be a former officer in Mexico who was forced to quit after four years because of what he called a split personality disorder.

Corral-Venegas was suspected of five sexual assaults in Mexico, including the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

He was known as the "motorcycle rapist" because he was accused of using a red motorcycle and acting as a courier to gain access to his victims.

He had been living in the U.S. illegally at the time of his arrest. If he lives long enough to serve the 72-year sentence in Colorado, he will be deported to Mexico.

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