A Lowell man was found guilty by a jury in Middlesex Superior Court of giving drugs to a 13-year-old girl, raping her and then forcing her into prostitution and was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Michael Feliz, 31, was also determined on Tuesday by a judge to be a habitual offender. If he is ever paroled, he must serve three years probation, stay away from the victim, refrain from using drugs or alcohol, and submit to random drug screenings, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Feliz was charged with drug and sex trafficking charges, including two counts of aggravated rape of a child and trafficking of a child under the age of 18 for sexual servitude, prosecutors said.
He gave drugs to the teen, and then forced her into prostitution to support his drug habit, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
“This is a reminder that there are secondary victims to drug addiction, including minors, who experience trauma and abuse at the hands of those fueled by their need to procure illicit substances,” Ryan said in the statement.
According to prosecutors, Feliz met the victim in November 2014 and befriended her. He provided her with drugs and alcohol and engaged in sexual activity with her. He told her that she needed to prostitute herself to pay for his drug habit, according to the statement.
“The defendent would keep all of the money the victim received and continued to provide her drugs, causing her to become addicted,” the statement said.Jacob Geanous can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.