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Shelby man gets 22 years for incest, rape

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By Lisa King

A Shelbyville man indicted on incest and rape charges last year has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Carlos Juan Sapon, 24, of Shepard Way, was to have gone to trial on June 25, but he pleaded guilty at the last moment.

Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Sapon on four counts of incest, which carry a penalty of 20 years each, to be served concurrently; four  counts of first-degree rape, for 10 years each, to be served concurrently, and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse for 2 years each, to be served consecutively to the other charges, for a total of 22 years.

Hickman said he would honor the commonwealth’s recommendation that Sapon not be granted probation.

Sapon also had to sign an order to be on the Sex Offender Registry, something he did in court Thursday.

Sapon was indicted in April 2011 on incest charges spanning from May 16, 2008, through July 2010.

The indictment said the victim’s relationship to Sapon was that of either a brother or sister, an ancestor or descendent.

Court records said Sapon had sexual intercourse, either normally or otherwise, with a victim who was either forced physically, or was less than 18 years old, or was physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.

There are four counts of incest occurring in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The four counts of first-degree rape also go back to May 2008 through July 2010.

The incident says Sapon engaged in sexual intercourse with a person identified only as “D.S.” through forcible compulsion.

The four charges of first-degree sexual abuse span the same time period. Those charges, which state that Sapon subjected the victim to sexual contact though force, describe the victim, “D.S.” as being a minor.

Because the other charges did not use those terms to describe the victim, it is not known whether or not the victim is the same one or someone with the same initials.

All incidents occurred in Shelby County, the indictment said.

He is also being held on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer, which means he is in the country illegally.