Reno man gets 39 life sentences on 39 charges of child sexual abuse

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A 45-year-old Reno man was sentenced to 39 life sentences after being found guilty of 39 counts of child sexual abuse, according to prosecutors.
In one of the largest child sexual abuse trials ever tried in Washoe County, Valentin Corrales was found guilty of 39 counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14, sexual assault of a child, and sexual assault in December 2016.
According to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office, evidence presented during the December trail and at sentencing showed sexual abuse by Corrales against four child victims over a 25-year span.
At sentencing, the Honorable Elliott Sattler imposed 39 life sentences against Corrales, ordering that they all be served consecutively. He is not eligible for parole.
District Attorney Chris Hicks praised Judge Sattler’s decision.
"These severe and just sentences," Hicks said, "not only validate the victims’ courage to come forward and disclose the atrocities forced upon them by this horrendous defendant but also guarantee he will be behind bars, with no hope of ever being free, for the rest of his existence.”
In late February of 2015, a 19-year-old victim reported to police that she had been a victim of sexual abuse by Corrales for the last 13 years.
An investigation followed revealing additional victims whose years of abuse went back to 1994. All victims reported the sexual abuse started when they were approximately 6 or 7 years old.
Further investigations determined that Corrales had been convicted of two counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14 in 1990 involving two minor victims. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Within six months of his release from prison in 1992, Corrales managed to place himself in a relationship with a single mother, who had two young daughters. They got married and had several children. It was this relationship that spawned the instant charges involving multiple victims over many years. Throughout those years, Corrales employed threats, fear and bribery to maintain their submission and silence.
During trial, Deputy District Attorneys Nicole Hicks and Peg Samples introduced compelling testimony from the victims and witnesses, evidence of the locations where the assaults occurred, provocative photographs the defendant had taken of some of the victims, and DNA evidence connecting him and a victim to objects used during the assaults.
They also introduced testimony from his previous victims, who are now adults, which illustrated his continued motivations to sexually abuse children.
During closing arguments, DDA Nicole Hicks argued that Corrales’ motivation in life was to create “unrestricted, unfettered and unlimited access to child victims.”

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