SPRINGFIELD, MO (KY3) – A Springfield man was convicted Friday in a 2017 sex crimes investigation.
Jose Neptali Rivera, 32, will serve the next 18 years in the Missouri Justice Department after being convicted of first degree rape. Rivera was convicted after a bank trial last June.
Rivera raped a mentally disabled woman who disappeared from her home in April 2017, according to a new release from the Greene County Attorney General.
The victim was a 20-year-old woman, but she was considered a critically missing person because of an intellectual disability and developmental disorder, investigators say. Authorities found the victim in a nearby trailer a few days after the investigation was started, accompanied by Rivera and two other men.
According to the prosecutor, the victim left her home but was attacked in the trailer. The researchers used DNA analysis as evidence for the study.
During the trial, the victim also testified that she had been physically and sexually assaulted in the trailer and that three men assaulted her. The court also heard from the victim’s psychiatrist who testified that the victim had a developmental disorder that resulted in them having the intellectual capacity of a nine-year-old child.
Two other men, Helmer Erazo and Luis Lopez-Lara, were also charged in the investigation. However, both were found not guilty in an earlier bank trial in February 2019 by another Greene County judge. The Greene County Attorney’s Office was handling Rivera’s case.
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