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Sex offender sentenced to 56 years in prison for raping two women in Washington Co.

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Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico was sentenced to 56 years in prison Wednesday. (KPTV) Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico was sentenced to 56 years in prison Wednesday. (KPTV)
Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico, jail booking photo Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico, jail booking photo
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

A sex offender has been sentenced to more than 56 years in prison for raping two women in Washington County.

A judge convicted Jose Omar Ortiz-Rico, 29, on multiple counts of first-degree rape, sex abuse and kidnapping in August.

He was sentenced in court Wednesday for the crimes committed in April and May 2015.

The victims were in court Wednesday and an advocate read a statement on their behalf, saying, in part for one of the victims, "I never feel safe. I see the world differently. The glimmer in my eyes and the hop in my step are gone."

Deputies said one victim was an acquaintance who Ortiz asked to help him move. He then drove her to a secluded area in Washington County and sexually assaulted her over the course of 10 hours, according to investigators.

The second victim, who was 18 years old at the time, had placed an ad on Craigslist seeking a roommate.

She met Ortiz and said he seemed "like a normal dude" at first. The woman told FOX 12 that he drove her to a remote area of Washington County near Southwest Rosedale Road and sexually assaulted her.

Deputies said both crimes occurred in the same area.

Ortiz-Rico addressed the judge Wednesday, but never apologized to the victims. Instead, he made a disjointed speech that touched on heaven and hell, Spaniards coming to America hundreds of years ago, his ex-girlfriend and how he is praying for people and animals all over the world.

In talking about the crimes he committed, Ortiz-Rico only said he didn't have many people helping him when he was last released from prison.

"I can't explain what happened, except for I was lost when I was released from prison," he said. "My brain wasn't functioning at all."

He was convicted of second-degree sex abuse in 2009 that required him to register as a sex offender.

Ortiz-Rico said he grew up in the justice system due to making "mistakes," including inappropriately grabbing a girl who was "flirting" with him in the seventh grade.

He pleaded with the judge not to give him a life sentence.

"I'm not trying to be an example. I never wanted to be in the news or be famous or infamous. All I ask is for a little bit of help," he concluded.

The judge sentenced Ortiz-Rico to 56 years and eight months in prison. 

She cited court documents that state Ortiz-Rico told the second victim, “You knew what this was... You don't put an ad on Craigslist and expect this not to happen," as showing premeditation to commit the crime, among other factors in deciding his sentence.

"One of the lasting impressions that has stuck with me throughout the dealing with this case is the fact that the two victims that were brave enough to testify here in the trial were relieved that they were not killed. They were relieved that it was just rape. No one should ever have to feel that way, that rape, this horrible crime that does stay with you your whole life, is a relief," the judge said. 

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