SENTENCED: The ‘elevator rapist’ will be imprisoned until he’s 82 years old

PEDRO LUIS GALLEGO, the infamous ‘elevator rapist’, was sentenced by the Provincial Court of Madrid yesterday (Monday) to 97 years and 8 months in prison for assaults on four girls, one of them minor, registered in 2016 and 2017 between Madrid and Segovia.

The double murderer and multiple rapist from Valladolid, now 59 years old (he turns 60 next month), will not set foot on the street again, at least for the next 22 years. He will be 82 years old when he recovers his freedom and will spend another ten years, until he is 92, under supervised freedom. During the same period, until the age of 92, he will not be able to set foot in Madrid again.

Pedro Luis Gallego is the author of a string of crimes (illegal detention, sexual assault, injury and robbery with violence). The alarming matter behind this sentence is that it’s not the first time Pedro Luis Gallego will be behind bars. Six years ago, the ‘elevator rapist’ came out of prison with no charge other than that of his own conscience after serving only 20 years, 11 months and 28 days on a sentence of 273 years for the murders of Marta Obregón (Burgos) and Leticia Lebrato (Viana) and 18 more cases of rape committed in 1992.

It only took Pedro Luis Gallego three years to reoffend.

First he tried to kidnap a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint (December 16, 2016); then he did it with another girl, whom he kidnapped and raped repeatedly in his flat in Segovia (February 19, 2017); he tried again with a third (April 2, 2017), and again with a fourth, which he also raped on the way to Segovia and then for six hours at home (April 14, 2017).

Laws must change so that individuals such as Pero Luis Gallego are not released from prison so readily, especially when only part of the sentence has been completed. The 2016 – 2017 rapes would never have taken place. Now Pedro Luis Gallego is back in prison, but innocent lives have been marked for life.

Pedro Luis Gallego’s Criminal History:

1979 Pedro Luis Gallego enters prison at 20 years old for illegitimate use of a car.

1981: First sentence of three years for indecency.

1984: He’s out on parole and gets ten years for rape.

1991: He’s out of jail again with his sentence served.

1992: He murders Marta Obregón in Burgos and Leticia Lebrato in Viana and adds up to 18 rapes (confirmed by the police) committed in just one year.

1994- 1995: He was sentenced to 42 years for the death of Leticia Lebrato (1994) and to 50 years for the death of Marta Obregón (1995). In total, 273 years, 2 months and 16 days in convictions for the crimes and 18 other rapes, although he is believed to have committed 52 rapes in Valladolid alone, his home town, and 11 more in Salamanca between the 1980s and 1990s.

2013: On 14 November, he was released with his sentence served after ONLY 20 years, 11 months and 28 days in prison.

2017: Pedro Luis Gallego is arrested on June 14 and returns to prison accused of kidnapping and sexual assault of two girls and two attempts in Madrid (next to the Hospital de la Paz) and Segovia.

2019: The Provincial Court of Madrid condemns the ‘elevator rapist’, today 59 years (turns 60 in November), to 97 years and 8 months in prison for the aggression to four girls, one of them minor, committed between 16 December 2016 and 14 April 2017 in Madrid and Segovia. He will serve a minimum of 24 years in prison.


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Cristina Hodgson

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