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Marco Antonio Xiap-Jelkes, 21, was convicted of raping three people, two of whom were underage.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Marco Antonio Xiap-Jelkes Jr.A 21-year-old Hillsboro man pleaded guilty Thursday, June 18, to multiple sex abuse charges after prosecutors say he raped two underage girls and another victim.

Marco Antonio Xiap-Jelkes Jr. was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison. His charges included first-degree forcible rape, first-degree forcible sodomy, second-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse.

The Hillsboro Police Department began an investigation after the mother of one of the victims told police her child and a friend were both raped by Xiap-Jelkes in April 2018.

Court records show one victim was under the age of 14 and the other victim was under 16. Xiap-Jelkes was 19 at the time.

In 2019, investigators learned of a third victim who reported she was raped by Xiap-Jelkes in June that year.

According to prosecutors, Xiap-Jelkes met the third victim on social media and convinced her to meet him at a public park in Hillsboro, where the attack took place.

Court records show Xiap-Jelkes' two underage victims were mentally incapacitated when the attacks took place and his third victim had a mental disability.

He had not been convicted of a crime as an adult prior to the case, court records show.

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