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Fugitive Dentist Sentenced in Rape Case

"My father is a good man," the son, the oldest of five children, told the judge.

Three of Fuster's siblings -- a dental surgeon, an immigration lawyer and a businessman -- also spoke in court, defending him as a doting father, a talented dentist and a generous, thoughtful man.

"He has always been a mother hen for his children," said lawyer Maria Fuster, who said the family has suffered enormously. "It boggles the mind that seven people could live as fugitives for four years."

Fuster and his family lived a quiet life in M¿rida, a city in the Yucatan Peninsula, until U.S. authorities tracked him down this spring. He was taken into custody in April during a family outing to the beach after an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, which worked with U.S. officials in Mexico.

Fuster, a legal immigrant who did not obtain U.S. citizenship, will be deported to Peru after completing his sentence, authorities said.

The victim's father, who flew from Bolivia to Maryland with his wife for the hearing, said he was not seeking "vengeance," only "justice." Speaking in Spanish, he called Fuster a "monster, a predator," and asked the judge to incarcerate him for "as long as possible."

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy told the judge that the victim, who is not named because The Washington Post generally does not identify victims of sex crimes, has lived in fear since Fuster absconded. She finds it hard to trust people and has been unable to have normal relationships with men, he said.

Of Fuster, McCarthy said, "He's a doctor who used the tools of his trade to rape a child."


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