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Carlos Rivera Pleads Guilty To Chloe Ricard Death

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Carlos Rivera has plead guilty to the sexual assault of thirteen year old Chloe Ricard and to giving the young teen drugs that would ultimately kill her. According to court documents Carlos Rivera would sexually assault thirteen year old Chloe Ricard than give her cocaine that was laced with fentanyl which would ultimately kill her. Carlos Rivera would drop Chloe Ricard off at a hospital after she was unconscious for hours and unfortunately the hospital was unable to save her. Carlos Rivera who had a pattern of giving underage girls drinks laced with drugs so he would be able to sexually assault them was sentenced to 20 to 22 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

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A Lawrence man was sentenced to 20 to 22 years in state prison after pleading guilty to 19 charges related to the 2019 death of a 13-year-old Amesbury girl.

Carlos Rivera, 49, pleaded guilty to 19 charges Friday in Salem Superior Court including rape, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child, human trafficking and several drug charges.

From late 2013 to 2019, officials said Rivera victimized three adult women and seven girls under the age of 18, including 13-year-old Chloe Ricard.

In May of 2019, Rivera was accused of giving drugs to Ricard before she was dropped off at a hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, had the case gone to trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Jessica Strasnick would have introduced evidence that would have proved that on May 20, 2019, Carlos Rivera drove Ricard, who was unresponsive and without a pulse, to Lawrence General Hospital.

Investigators learned that a friend had received a Snapchat video of Ricard, showing her unresponsive and unconscious at 7:00 am that morning. She remained in that condition at Rivera’s home until he brought her to the hospital 9 hours later, the DA’s office said.

A subsequent investigation found that the defendant provided alcohol, drugs, food, clothing and gifts to multiple girls in exchange for sexual acts, officials said.

“Nothing we do can erase the trauma inflicted by this defendant or bring Chloe back to her family,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “This defendant engaged in abhorrent behavior and preyed on vulnerable girls and young women solely for his own satisfaction. I hope his pleading guilty today helps the victims understand that what happened to them is not their fault and that they may begin the long process of healing.”

According to NBC Boston, in court Friday, Strasnick detailed the allegations that Rivera admitted in his plea agreement, including recruiting teenage girls between 12-16 years old and having them perform sex acts on each other and him in exchange for drugs and clothes, among other things.

“He would give the girls food, drugs, alcohol, gifts, take them shopping at various places, out to eat — and all they had to do was something sexual to him, with him or in front of him,” said Strasnick, NBC Boston reported.

Judge Thomas Drechsler sentenced Rivera Friday to 20 to 22 years in state prison, followed by 10 years of probation. 

Conditions of his probation include orders to participate in substance use, mental health and sex offender evaluations and undergo any treatment deemed necessary, stay away from and have no contact with any of the victims, have no unsupervised contact with children under 18, submit to GPS monitoring for at least 2 years, and comply with the Sex Offender Registry Board.

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