Mass. sex offender gets life sentence
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- A registered sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of raping a 6-year-old boy whose mother he befriended.
Prosecutors say 72-year-old Palermo Alicea of Arlington was convicted in Fall River Superior Court on Thursday of child rape and of being a habitual offender.
Alicea had previously been convicted in Massachusetts of rape of a child and incest in 1986, and indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and assault with intent to rape in 1995.
Authorities say Alicea met the latest victim while they lived in an area homeless shelter. While staying with the victim and his mother at their new Fall River apartment in February 2011, Alicea raped the boy while the mother was retrieving some household items from another room.
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