Excerpt: Irving, Texas 2-5-09 http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dallasnews.com%2Fsharedcontent%2Fdws%2Fnews%2Flocalnews%2Fstories%2FDN-rivera_06met.ART.State.Edition1.4c99439.html&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8 OR http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/crime/stories/020609dnmetsantostrial.2045371a.html Man receives life sentence for raping 23-month-old In the end, jurors they gave Santos Rivera a life sentence for raping a 23-month-old boy. The victim, now almost 4, was molested in March 2007 when Rivera raped him while baby-sitting him at an Irving apartment complex. Testimony showed that Rivera regularly baby-sat the boy on weekends while the child's mother worked waiting tables. The mother's roommate came home one day and found a partially unclothed Rivera in the bathroom with the child, who was sobbing uncontrollably. Authorities used DNA found in the baby's diaper to definitively link Rivera to the crime. Rivera told jurors that he, too, was a victim of sexual assault. He said he was raped by a stranger when he was 7 on the way home from school in El Salvador. One of 12 kids, Rivera said, he said he lived in El Salvador. Rivera, 26, came to the U.S. in 2003. He was ordered deported in 2005 but remained in the country illegally. He was jailed for three months in El Salvador for trying to extort money from people when he was 17. He was charged with misdemeanor assault in 2006 in Dallas County. If Rivera is paroled in 30 years when he is eligible, he will be sent to El Salvador. During the victim impact statements the mother told him "look at me." Rivera, who was breathing heavily, looked up but closed his eyes for most of the time she spoke. "I'm glad you won't be able to go out because you won't be able to do that to another kid," she said tearfully. "Why did you have to do that to [my son]? He was just a baby."