Guilty Plea Accepted in 2020 Rape and Child Molestation
State v. Israel Sanchez

November 1, 2022

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Israel Sanchez, 38, a citizen of Guatemala, pled guilty to charges of Rape and Child Molestation pursuant to a negotiated guilty plea entered in Glynn County Superior Court on October 31, 2022.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on October 24, 2020, when Sanchez went to the Brunswick home of the 15-year old victim, who was home alone at the time. Sanchez had previously done repair work at the home and the victim assumed he was there to do some work as he had his tools with him. The victim let him into the home and then went into her bedroom. Shortly thereafter, Sanchez entered her bedroom uninvited, forcibly took off her pants and raped her. The defendant left the home immediately after.

Following the incident, Sanchez left Georgia and attempted to flee the United States, but was apprehended in Texas by the United States Marshal’s Service. The investigation was conducted by the Glynn County Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Rhoden. Sanchez admitted to the rape and child molestation in Glynn County Superior Court on October 31, 2022, and was sentenced by Judge Roger B. Lane to 25 years in prison for the Rape, and 20 years to serve 19 years in prison for the Child Molestation to run concurrent with the Rape sentence. Sanchez will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.

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