Convicted rapist Dominic Yocco gets 16 consecutive life sentences in prison

Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 4:44 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 26, 2023 at 5:01 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) – Convicted sex offender Dominic Yocco has been handed his sentence.

In September, a jury convicted the 22-year-old on 16 counts of felony sex crimes, including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy. The jury also found him to be a predatory sex offender. During the trial, nine victims took the stand against Yocco.

On Jan. 26, Yocco was sentenced to 16 consecutive life sentences in prison, with eligibility for parole after 83 years.

Charges alleged Yocco lured several young girls to his home using Snapchat and other social media. Prosecutors said he committed the crimes between 2016 and 2018. He turned himself into the police in 2019 in relation to allegations he assaulted multiple girls. He was 19 at that time.

At Yocco’s sentencing, one victim and the mother of another alleged victim gave victim impact statements. Other victims provided written statements.

“I applaud the brave individuals that were victimized for standing up to this predator and ensuring the defendant would be held accountable and no longer able to prey on more vulnerable women,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell.

The victim who spoke in court said she now suffers from night terrors and panic attacks.

The mother of one victim told the court that her daughter was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety after the alleged rape. The mother lost her daughter to suicide prior to Yocco’s trial.

In a statement to the court, Yocco accused his victims of harassing him.

The court has denied the defense’s motion for a new trial.