Child molester sentenced to decades in prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who molested several young girls at a Plainfield Township apartment complex in 2017 is headed to prison for at least six decades.

At 63 years old, the 60- to 90-year sentence means Juan "John" Camargo won't see the outside world again.

Camargo stared at the ground during his sentencing hearing in a Grand Rapids courtroom Wednesday.

“I wanted to ask the adults at school for help, but I was afraid they would not take me seriously, so every night, I lay in bed, feeling alone and scared," a young victim said in court before the sentence was handed down.

“I really wish you get some mental help because you need it, because you can just stand there and you can look down and have no sympathy on your face. I don’t understand. I just don’t,” said the mother of one young victim, who also described how Camargo gained the trust of her young daughter.

24 Hour News 8 is not identifying any of the victims or family members who spoke during the hearing.

Camargopleaded guiltyin January to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree CSC and producing child pornography.

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