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Man Accused of Raping Stepdaughter Kills Her Before Turning Gun on Himself Month Before Trial to Start: Cops

Florida Teen Killed By Stepfather One Month Before His Rape Trial
Source: Acton Police Department; GoFundMe

Juliano Santana (left) was set to stand trial in one month for sexually assaulting Christina (right). Now, he kidnapped and murdered her before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Jun. 8 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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Law enforcement officials in Massachusetts said a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped and murdered by her stepfather, who was out on bond for raping her three years earlier and had a restraining order against him.

According to police reports obtained by WBTS, Juliano Santana, 49, turned a gun on himself after shooting the girl, who was identified by family members as Christina.

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Officers found Santana and his victim after the murder-suicide by tracking him via the GPS monitor he was wearing, authorities said. They were in Santana’s vehicle parked outside the victim’s home in Acton.

On May 30, Christina the girl was walking near her home after school when Santana abducted her, investigators said.

Police spoke with the manager of a nearby market, who said Christina called a sibling from the parking lot and claimed Santana had kidnapped her.

Her family called the police, but they were not able to find the pair in time.

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On Sept. 7, 2021, Christina told investigators that Santana had sexually assaulted her multiple times, beginning in October 2019 when she was 11 years old, officials said.

Santana was arrested the same day the report was filed, but he was quickly released on a $30,000 bond.

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He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and have no contact with anyone under 18, including the victim, who reportedly also had an active restraining order against him.

Santana’s trial was scheduled to begin at the end of next month.

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In a statement, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Peter Light said the victim attended Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and their “hearts go out to all of those involved with this tragic death.”

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