The incident happened in 2004 when the young girl was left in the man’s care, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Brown said Friday. Mr. Fambro approached the child while she was asleep in her mother’s bed, then raped and molested her, Ms. Brown said. “The mother, who had just returned home from work, walked in on the attack and spanked her daughter,” Ms. Brown said.
The woman never reported the incident. It was the state Department of Family and Child Services who found out about the incident two years later while monitoring the family for a separate matter. They arranged for a forensic interview, and police arrested Mr. Fambro afterwards.
Investigators also discovered Mr. Fambro had raped two women in 1988 and 2001. Although those incidents did not result in convictions, the women testified at this week’s trial, Ms. Brown said. “Fambro’s first trial ended in a mistrial with 11 jurors voting to convict and one to acquit,” Ms. Brown said. “His second trial resulted in a conviction but was later reversed due to ‘ineffective assistance of counsel.’” After Thursday’s conviction, Mr. Fambro was immediately sentenced to life without parole, Ms. Brown said. The child’s mother previously pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children. She was sentenced to 10 years probation, ordered to take parenting classes and submit to mental health treatment, Ms. Brown said.