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Former Cache Valley immigrant advocate sent to prison

Published May 7, 2012 10:02 pm

Courts • Leo Bravo pleaded guilty to raping woman, who only recently reported the crimes.
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The former head of a Cache County immigrant community center was sentenced Monday to prison for up to life on sex abuse charges, his second conviction for sex crimes.

Leovigildo "Leo" Bravo, 63, had pleaded guilty in March to one count each of rape, object rape and forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies punishable by five years to life behind bars.

On Monday, 1st District Judge Clint Judkins ordered two of the terms to run consecutively, meaning Bravo will spend a minimum of 10 years in prison, The Herald Journal reported.

According to court records, the victim came forward in December and told police she had been raped over and over during a five-month period in 2001, beginning when she was 17 years old. She said she didn't report the rape until late last year, when she learned Bravo had been released from jail following a prior conviction.

In April 2011, Bravo was sentenced to one year in the Cache County jail on reduced charges of attempted sexual abuse for using his position of trust to take advantage of "a vulnerable woman who came to him for help," according to prosecutors.

Bravo was granted an early release in October 2011 and ordered to seek treatment, according to court records.

That same month, Logan police were contacted by an out-of-state police agency and told about a second victim.

Bravo was arrested again in December and charged with five counts each of rape, object rape and forcible sodomy. Twelve of the counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal

For more than 30 years, Bravo served as an advocate for the immigrant community and was the director of the Multicultural Center of Cache Valley.







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