A Rapid City man accused of raping a three-year-old girl will spend up to 50 years in prison.
Before handing down the sentence to 39-year-old Alexander Palomarez Monday, Seventh Circuit Judge Janine Kern called his actions repulsive, sickening and outrageous.
In October, Palomarez pled guilty to first-degree rape. In exchange, the state dropped four counts of distributing and manufacturing child pornography.
He admits performing a sex act on his girlfriend's daughter. The crime happened in June while he was babysitting. He also took 23 photos on his phone, which were discovered by the victim's mother 11 days after the crime.
Before he was sentenced, Palomarez stood and addressed the victim's mother. He said, "Sorry for everything that happened. In no way did I mean to put your children in danger."
Palomarez will have to serve 50 percent of the 50-year term to become eligible for parole.