Warren County man sentenced for raping child over 3-year period

Credit: Warren County Jail

Credit: Warren County Jail

A Warren County man has been sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of a child.

Fabian Esparza-Tapia, 35, of Salem Twp., pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court to rape, gross sexual imposition, sexual battery and illegal use of a minor or impaired person in a nudity-oriented material or performance.

Esparza-Tapia was then sentenced to 15 years in prison by Judge Donald Oda II. He also was designated a Tier III sex offender, meaning Esparza-Tapia must register and verify his address with his local sheriff’s office every 90 days for life.

Between 2017 and 2020, Esparza-Tapia sexually assaulted a child from ages 12 through 15. The offenses occurred when the victim would visit Esparza-Tapia at his home with her sibling.

A family member saw nude photographs of the victim on the victim’s iPad, which led to the discovery of the assaults, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. The victim said Esparza-Tapia directed her to send the photographs to him.

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