A Montgomery County judge compared a Silver Spring man’s physical and sexual abuse of five siblings to the horrific conditions of a concentration camp as she sentenced the children’s abuser to 57 years in prison.
Adderli Jose Cruz-Rosario, 21, of Silver Spring was charged in July 2013 with 55 counts of abusing a 19-month-old girl and her four older siblings—three girls and one boy, none of them older than 11, The Washington Post reported.
He later pleaded guilty of using hot spoons to burn the children, throwing a toddler against a wall, punching the toddler, and sexually abusing four of the siblings.
Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally was asked by the defense to impose the minimum, 29-year sentence, according to The Washington Post. They said Cruz-Rosario had been physically and sexually abused by relatives and others close to him as a child.
McCally said she decided on the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement because of the damage done to the children and family.