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Investigation Into 5-Year-Old's Abduction, Sex Assault

Prosecutors to Seek Life for Convicted Child Rapist Christina Regusters

Former day care worker Christina Regusters will be sentenced Jan. 20 for abducting a 5-year-old girl from school and brutally raping her with a sharp object

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    Christina Regusters was arrested and charged with the abduction and rape of the 5-year-old.

    Convicted child rapist Christina Regusters will now find out her fate after the holidays.

    Regusters will have to wait until Jan. 20 to know if she will be spending the rest of her life behind bars. Regusters was convicted of child rape at her three-week high-profile September trial. 

    The date was moved from Dec. 15 to Jan. 20 because Judge Jeffrey Minehart wanted to wait until after the holidays, according to Philadelphia District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson. 

    The District Attorney's Office told NBC10.com that they will be seeking a maximum life sentence at Regusters' new sentencing date.

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    Christina Regusters was found guilty on all charges in the case of the kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old girl. NBC10's Christine Maddela was live outside the courtroom. (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    A jury of seven women and five men found the former day care worker guilty of all six counts -- aggravated assault, involuntary deviate intercourse of child-serious bodily injury, kidnap to facilitate a felony, unlawful contact with minor-sexual offenses, unlawful restrain of a minor-not parent-risk of bodily injury and concealment of whereabouts of a child.  

    Regusters abducted a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school and brutally sexually assaulted her with a sharp object.

    Prosecutors said Regusters, dressed in Muslim garb, posed as the 5-year-old’s mother as she signed the child out of Bryant Elementary School in the Cobbs Creek section of the city on Jan. 14, 2013.

    She was accused of leading the girl to a nearby home, putting her in a laundry bag and carrying her up into her bedroom. There, prosecutors say, Regusters blindfolded and stripped the girl, put her under a bed and sexually abused her with a sharp object. The entire ordeal lasted 19 hours, prosecutors say.

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    The jury has found Christina Regusters accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from her school and sexually assaulting her guilty on all counts including involuntary deviate intercourse with a child and kidnap. Regusters' sentencing is scheduled for December 15. (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    The girl was then dumped in an Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, playground wearing only a T-shirt. She was later found by a passer-by.

    The girl had been severely injured in the attack, and doctors had to give her a temporary colostomy to let her body heal.

    "She's an amazing and courageous little girl," lead prosecutor Erin O'Brien said of the young victim following the ruling. The girl, now 7, had testified in court before the accused.

    Regusters’ DNA was found on the girl’s shirt, and images of child porn were found on the computer in the woman’s bedroom, detectives testified. Harrison argued such evidence was circumstantial, but,  after the trial, conceded that the evidence was too damning.

    Regusters' Attorney: My Client Isn't a Monster

    [PHI] Regusters' Attorney: My Client Isn't a Monster
    In the moments after his client Christina Regusters was found guilty of abducting and sexually-assaulting, defense attorney W. Fred Harrison speaks about the evidence stacked against his client. (Published Friday, Sept. 12, 2014)

    Regusters, who was called a "monster" during the trial, remains the only person charged in the crime.

    "The DNA was difficult to overcome as well as the Internet searches which I believe led to her undoing," Harrison said.

    A civil lawsuit was filed by attorney Tom Kline against the School District of Philadelphia seeking damages for the child.


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