Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says Hector Aviles of Yonkers pleaded guilty Thursday to second- and third-degree rape. He could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
DiFiore said that at various times in 2006, Aviles told three girls, ages 16 and 14, that he could help them with such problems as boys and parents if they engaged in a sexual "ritual" with him. He warned that if they backed out, he would make bad things happen to them and their relatives.
The district attorney said that when he was arrested, Aviles told police he practiced Voodoo, a religion imported from Africa and practiced mainly in the Caribbean.